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DETA CELEBRATES 60 Deta Electrical explains how it is marking a milestone this year, turning the big 60 in October. Deta Electrical has every reason to celebrate as the company reaches its 60th anniversary on Wednesday October 10. Since its inception in 1958, the Deta name and reputation has been built upon the supply of an extensive range of high-quality wiring and electrical accessories. Through continuous investment in product innovation and design, as

well as strategic acquisitions, Deta has successfully extended its product offering to include residential lighting and ventilation, ‘Deta Protect+’ circuit protection and safety alarms, ‘Deta TTE’ steel conduit tube and fittings, and cable. Throughout Deta’s impressive growth, its core values remain unchanged



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in consistently delivering quality of product, service and support to its valued customers. Deta does not intend to rest on its laurels, as it maintains a relentless focus on staying at the forefront of the industry and bringing to market new and cutting-edge products to meet the needs of the modern market.

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CONTENTS… Regulars


4 Editorial New blood.

7 Industry News Van giveaway, street lighting growth and Brexit insurance.

15 Contract News

27 Strong foundations

Piloting LiFi technology, adaptable building controls and top category fire alarm systems.

In the face of the skills shortage threatening the sector, Rexel outlines the story of three young tradespeople whom it has helped find a future in the electrical industry.

18 Training Higher apprenticeships launched in Wales.

20 Key Issue

B.E.G. explains how it tackled a sensitive architectural challenge at St. John’s College to introduce an intelligent lighting solution.

22 Competition

67 Company Showcase

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ECN talks to Stuart Tickle of AWE as to why electrical contractors should be attending EI Live! 2019.

38 Building a smarter future

31 Expert knowledge

24 Project Focus

Lauren George of vehicle tracking specialist ABAX looks at how improper use of company vehicles can affect businesses financially.

36 Untapped market

Sponsored content from around the sector.

LuxLive 2018 organisers explain how the event is planning its most comprehensive and ambitious educational programme yet.

The Smart Buildings Show 2018 gives a taste of its conference programme and influential speaker line-up for this year’s event.

34 Where’s my money, man? Lee Murphy of Pandle, a cloud bookkeeping software for small businesses, looks at how to tackle the late payment culture.


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Cable & Cable Management

Baldwin, sales 40 Neil director at ESP, looks

Souza of Schneider 42 Leandro Electric explores the

Martin, ECA director 56 ofSteve technical, reports the

benefits of using connected devices at the circuit level.

findings from recent roundtable talks about the level of training and expertise in the structured data cabling industry.

at how the rise in multi-family living is providing opportunities when considering home security solutions for this new generation of householders.

incorrect interpretation 44 The of short-circuit test reports can result in inappropriate cable cleats being specified and installed. Richard Shaw of Ellis explains the situation and what needs to be done to rectify this.


Chaz Andrews at Doepke details the changes that the 18th Edition will bring to the specification and installation of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), specifically in regard to fault protection.


Paul Dawson from Niglon discusses the implications of 18th Edition guidance on circuit protection when it comes to the use of surge protection devices (SPDs).


Hamilton’s marketing manager Gavin Williams gives us a step-by-step guide to the installation process of its Flush Mounting Kit.

talks to ECN 59 Marshall-Tufflex about how it is championing the use of PVC-U for cable management specifications. is critical to specify cable 62 Itprotection correctly to ensure ongoing operation throughout a system’s lifetime, especially when choosing between metallic, non-metallic or composite flexible conduit systems, says Tim Creedon of Flexicon.

Richmond, marketing 64 Steve and technical manager for REHAU Building Solutions, looks at how the clever use of trunking solutions can make light work of multioccupancy buildings.

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tarting out in any career can be difficult, and the electrical sector is no different. At the same time, it’s also never been more important to encourage young people to join the electrical workforce than it is now. In October’s issue of ECN magazine, Rexel outlines the stories of three young electricians who are just finding their feet in the industry – and the challenges they have met along the way. Supporting this new generation is a vital part of maintaining the industry, and a perfect opportunity to introduce a new way of thinking and approach to old problems. What else should we be doing as a sector to encourage apprenticeships? And how can we support them in their learning? Of course, learning shouldn’t stop after the completion of an apprenticeship. With the ever-changing demands of the electrical contracting industry, there is always an opportunity to learn and share knowledge with others; ECN is eager to provide a platform for this. The industry is still getting to grips with the changes that the 18th Edition has brought, and this issue, we take a closer look at how it will affect the day-to-day of electricians. Chaz Andrews at Doepke details the revised standards covering the design of EV charger points, while Paul Dawson from Niglon, discusses the implications of 18th Edition guidance on circuit protection and the use of surge protection devices.

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INDUSTRY NEWS JACK TEASDALE WINS 2018 ECA EDMUNDSON AWARD 21-year-old Jack Teasdale has been recognised as one of the country’s leading electrotechnical and engineering services apprentices after winning the 2018 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award during an awards ceremony held September 19 in London. Jack, who works for ECA member-firm Opus Building Services Ltd in Tyne and Wear, was trained by JTL. After overcoming fierce competition from two other finalists, Jack won prizes which include £1,500 and a study tour to France sponsored by industry manufacturer Hager. He will also go on to be an ambassador for the electrotechnical industry over the next 12 months. Jack said, “It’s very humbling and a privilege to be recognised as ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year, and to be an ambassador for other apprentices. One of my mentors was himself the winner of this award in 1997, so it’s an honour to follow in his footsteps.” The two runners-up, who each won £750 and a state-of-the-art toolkit, are Niall Watson of Derry Building Services and Conor McCarthy of Darke and Taylor. ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented, “I’m pleased to offer our congratulations to Jack Teasdale for deservedly winning this year’s ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award. The quality of the three finalists this year is a real indication of the talent that exists in our industry.” Edmundson Electrical managing director Mark Felber added, “Edmundson is delighted to have sponsored the industry-leading ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award for the last 44 years. We have a long-established policy of developing young people within our sector through both our apprenticeship and graduate schemes.”

ELECTRICIANS FACE DOUBLE WHAMMY OF LATE PAYMENTS & RISING COSTS Construction-related companies across Scotland are being hit by a double whammy of rising costs and late payment, according to a new business survey which tracks quarterly activity and trends. On the issue of payment, respondents to the survey confirmed that just under half of all payments from public sector bodies were made within 30 days. But by contrast, only 30% of payments from commercial clients were made within 30 days with the rest taking up to 89 days to settle their accounts. The survey was carried out on behalf of ECA, BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF. It also showed that the costs faced by companies shot up in the second quarter of the year, reflecting ongoing political uncertainty and wider international commodity ramifications. More than 70% of respondents said that material costs were higher than at the start of the year while 29.51% said that the cost of being tendered to had risen. Other Scottish Government initiatives to improve payment were having little overall impact with just over 10% of respondents saying that their organisations’ projects used Project Bank Accounts (PBAs). Darrell Matthews, director of SELECT, said,“The construction sector is currently in a good place in Scotland, but this masks some bad practice in the industry, as this survey highlights. “Whilst it’s good to see some public sector clients’ efforts on fair payment policy heading in the right direction, it is vital to ensure that SMEs, the lifeblood of the Scottish economy, are paid on time. “It is also a tribute to the resilience of both small and large employers that they are generally more optimistic about future work despite rising costs and recurring late payment issues. “The Scottish Government could do more to assist SMEs by enforcing their own powers under the Procurement Act to make sure payments are made on time right down the contractual chain. Changes to the levels at which PBAs are introduced would also help in speeding up payment”.

BREATHING BUILDINGS WELCOMES BB101 2018 Breathing Buildings has welcomed the 2018 edition of BB101: Guidelines on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools. Published recently by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the document is aimed at technical professionals involved in the design, specification and construction of new school buildings and the refurbishment of existing buildings. This Building Bulletin sets out the regulatory framework for school ventilation giving recommended performance levels for compliance with UK regulations, while also providing nonstatutory guidance on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools. BB101 2018 sets more stringent air quality targets, is tougher on summertime overheating, and recommends a pre-mixing of air to eliminate cold draughts. Hybrid ventilation systems are also introduced in BB101 2018, alongside traditional natural and mechanical ventilation, offering specifiers an alternative ventilation design strategy for schools.

“We welcome the updated BB101 since it comprehensively addresses the issues of air quality, thermal comfort and energy use, all of which are key to the design of ventilation systems in schools. This guidance will help ensure that we have efficient, healthy and comfortable environments in schools so children will benefit from effective teaching and learning spaces,” said Matthew Bray, commercial director at Breathing Buildings. The guidelines include maximum CO2 limits which cannot be breached for 20 consecutive minutes. BB101 has also established air flow requirements for science labs, halls and gyms to help ensure children experience healthy indoor environments. Breathing Buildings was part of the advisory board for BB101 and designed two of the supporting BB101 design calculation tools; the cold draught calculator and the CO2 build up calculator to aid school ventilation design. Both can be found at gov.uk/government/publications/buildingbulletin-101-ventilation-for-school-buildings.

DENMANS & ETERNA OFFER VAN COMPETITION Electrical wholesaler Denmans has teamed up with lighting manufacturer Eterna to offer customers the chance to win a Citroën Dispatch van worth up to £15,000, or a cash prize alternative of £10,000. Four runnersup will each receive £500 in Love To Shop vouchers. All new and existing account customers that register for the promotion will receive one entry for every £50 spent on selected popular electrical products. Managing director, Chris Banner said, “We wanted to say thank you to our account customers for their business and – in association with one of our biggest suppliers, Eterna – are offering a really impressive and practical prize that I think anyone would be delighted to win. “We recently launched a new online platform offering online ordering for the first time, so to celebrate that we’re offering double entry to anyone purchasing via our website.” The competition will run until the end of October 2018. Full details are available at any Denmans branch or online at denmans.co.uk/winavan.

SANGAMO PRODUCT RANGE NOW AVAILABLE FROM ESP Following the acquisition by the Scolmore Group earlier this year of Sangamo, supplier of time switches and heating controls, it has now been announced that the Sangamo range of products will be available from group company, ESP (Elite Security Products). This will make the Sangamo range much more widely and readily accessible to customers through the electrical wholesale channel. Sangamo has been manufacturing time switches at the Glasgow factory for over 65 years and today the company offers a wide range of time switches and heating controls for domestic, commercial and industrial use. Its location in Glasgow provides the group with a manufacturing base and regional office to service customers all over Scotland and the north, while at the same time providing them with access to meeting rooms and training facilities.

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INDUSTRY NEWS TRADESPEOPLE NOT CONFIDENT ADVISING CUSTOMERS ON FIRE DOOR SAFETY, SAYS POLL An online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety. Less than 20% of tradespeople polled have seen an increase in demand for fire safety products or parts such as replacement intumescent strips for fire doors. The results were published in support of Fire Door Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors in saving lives. The poll followed a national survey of 2,000 adults across the country, carried out by online trade supplier IronmongeryDirect and supported by the Fire Industry Association. The results illustrate a lack of general public awareness of the role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings. A total of 70% of respondents would not know who to contact if they noticed a problem with a fire door. In addition, almost one in two people surveyed admitted that they do not know how to identify a fire door. A further 34% of people nationally said they would prop a fire door open to let in fresh air or give easier access, among other reasons. According to the British Woodworking Federation, the organisation behind Fire Door Safety Week, three million fire doors are installed each year. However, they remain a significant area of neglect and should be regularly checked and maintained by those responsible for the upkeep of the building.

UK STREET LIGHTING MARKET TO SEE 17% VALUE GROWTH BY 2022 The UK street lighting market has seen steady growth in recent years, driven by substantial LED replacement programmes run by local authorities over the past five years or so, according to a report by AMA Research. The Street Furniture and Lighting Market Report - UK 2018-2022 says that by 2022, expenditure on street lighting is forecast to reach £336m, up by 17% compared with present levels. The share of the market taken by new projects is expected to increase, as more local authorities replace outdated lighting systems with LEDs. Street lights account for an estimated 95% of public sector street lighting, with illuminated signs and bollards making up the remainder. Street lighting products include lamps, columns and ‘intelligent’ or ‘smart’ street lighting control systems. With costs for non-energy efficient lighting increasing rapidly, more local authorities have been adopting LED systems offering 100,000 hours of light, compared with 15,000 for traditional bulbs. It has been suggested that local authorities could cut their energy expenditure by around £100m per annum by switching to LED street lights. Although many councils have already switched to LED, there remains a significant proportion of old style, lower value lighting that is over 40 years old and in need of replacement and conversion. By 2014 only 10% of councils had switched to using low energy lighting and estimates suggest that in 2017 around 25% of lighting columns were in the process of being upgraded by local authorities. Street Furniture and Lighting Market Report - UK 2018-2022 is available from AMA Research.

CONTRACTOR GIVES AWAY VAN TO HELP APPRENTICES An NICEIC registered contractor is giving away his van to set up a fund for apprentice electricians. Thomas Nagy, who runs a YouTube channel showcasing his electrical work in and around London, came up with the idea after deciding to get a new van for his business. Thomas commented, “With new laws surrounding emission levels in central London, I have had to look at getting a new more eco-friendly van. “Normally, I would just look to trade in the old van but to be honest I have had it since new and it has served me well so I thought, why not try and do something different?” He estimates the old van, which is fully racked out, is worth around £4,000. It will also come complete with a brand-new toolkit, courtesy of ITS Tools, which is worth £400. The competition requires visitors to his site to answer a simple question and pay £5 to be in with a chance of

winning the van. The competition has raised more than £5,000 already and will run until November 4. Thomas is going to donate the proceeds from the competition to a bursary fund specifically for young apprentices who need a hand to make a start in the sector. He has asked NICEIC to help facilitate the fund. NICEIC already runs its own ‘Jobs for the Girls’ bursary which aims to give young women, who are under-

represented in the electrical industry, a helping hand. The Thomas Nagy apprentice fund will be run in a similar format with young apprentices able to apply for a certain amount of funding to help them with tools, training, or other associated costs. More details will be available in January 2019 when the bursary fund opens. To enter the competition, visit gofundme.com/the-big-van-giveaway.

ACI WARNS OF DANGEROUS TURKISH FLEXIBLE CORD Unsafe flexible cord, intended for use in domestic and industrial applications, has been found on sale in the UK, prompting the ACI to issue a fresh alert to the electrical supply chain. The latest find of substandard flexible cords is marked ‘Made in Turkey’ and ‘Ermaks’. Samples came to light following the initiative’s recent `Counterfeit Flexible Cords’ campaign, which alerted the electrical supply chain to dangerous industrial flexible cords. According to the ACI, in two separate instances, 1.5mm² and 2.5mm² three-core PVC insulated and PVC sheathed ordinary duty flexibles have been submitted for testing to the ACI. Testing showed that the cable’s conductors were Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA). This is believed to be a deliberate attempt by the manufacturer to reduce the amount of copper within the core and in doing so the cost of the cables, says the ACI. The flexible cord could potentially be used in domestic extension leads and industrial connection leads which are exposed to constant flexing during their everyday use. Testing showed conductor resistance to be higher than that specified by the British and European standards that the cord claimed to meet. The reduced copper content results in the cords burning out whilst in use, creating a significant fire risk to the user. The reduction in copper content of the 2.5mm² conductors meant they only just met the maximum safe current carrying capacity of a 1.0mm². ACI is warning that any cable or flexible cords marked ‘Made in Turkey’ and `Ermaks’ should not be used and should be tested by an approved electrician. Samples can also be sent to the ACI (minimum 5m length) for testing.

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INDUSTRY NEWS LEVC ANNOUNCES ELECTRIC VAN TRIALS TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR LEVC (London EV Company) has announced that it is due to start trials with potential customers of its new electric van in London in the second half of 2019. The business is currently in discussion with a number of major public-sector fleets about joining the trials of prototype vehicles. This includes the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade – both of whom have ambitious programmes to clean up their vehicle fleets, with a target for all new vans being zero emission capable from 2025. Earlier this year, LEVC announced it would be entering the van market with a zero-emission capable product. The van will combine a fully electric powertrain with an economical petrol range-extender. This approach means cleaner vehicles that are able to go the distance but also lower running costs. LEVC expects that the vehicle – for its size – will deliver a competitive total cost of ownership. LEVC has previously announced that this product is not intended for ‘last-mile delivery’ and will instead focus on fleets where vehicles undertake demanding duty cycles – for example, travel over 100 miles a day. This is a segment currently dominated by one tonne medium sized diesel vans.

VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER SETS NEW NÜRBURGRING LAP RECORD A Volkswagen Transporter has set an unofficial lap record of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the hands of HMS Racing British Touring Car driver Rob Austin. The lap time of nine minutes 58 seconds beats the benchmark time set by TV presenter and professional motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz, of 10 minutes and 8 seconds, in 2005. The production-standard Volkswagen Transporter was supplied by Northgate Vehicle Hire, and is powered by the mid-range 150 PS diesel engine. The attempt, filmed on home soil for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, set out to beat the 10-minute barrier and the time set by Schmitz on the same track 13 years ago. Northgate Vehicle Hire sponsors Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team HMS Racing. A spokesman said, “This feat by a professional racing driver was an unusual way to showcase the quality and durability of one of our most popular vans, the Volkswagen Transporter.” Kate Wright, national rental manager, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, commented, “The Transporter has won a host of accolades throughout its history, but this is perhaps one of the most unusual. We’re really excited to be part of this record attempt which shows just what our vans can do. Most customers choose them because they’re reliable, costeffective and offer some of the best technologies available, but maybe this is another good reason to choose one!”

UK CONSTRUCTION FIRMS OFFERED ‘BREXIT INSURANCE’ Construction Insure is offering free one-on-one advice sessions for builders and contractors concerned about the impact Brexit will have on the UK construction sector and their own businesses. The consultations have been introduced to ease the growing concerns of construction firms who fear a hard Brexit could have a massive impact on their own companies and on the number of projects available after Britain leaves the European Union. There are estimated to be more than 120,000 EU migrants working in the UK construction sector, many in skilled positions. Experts have warned that the building industry is bracing itself for a possible shockwave if European workers choose to leave the country post Brexit. It would significantly increase the cost burden on UK building firms if they had to recruit and train UK staff to replace these EU nationals if they were to leave Britain in large numbers. Construction Insure is holding the free Brexit Insurance consultations at their north London HQ to advise firms how best to protect themselves from the uncertainty around Brexit. Mark Herbert of Construction Insure said firms were worried about both increased labour costs post Brexit and a possible downturn in business if the UK exits the EU without a strong trade deal.

MOVERS & SHAKERS… Ellis has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Luke Berridge as export sales executive. The company made the appointment to strengthen the sales side of the team. Hamilton Litestat has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Sarah Hayes as northern business manager. Archite Anolis has appointed Peer Oestergaard as sales director. Peer will be managing and co-ordinating Anolis sales teams globally and ensuring that the brand builds its profile, visibility and reputation.

PROJECT SHOUT RAISES AWARENESS FOR CO POISONING Project SHOUT is urging installers to raise awareness of the dangers of CO by highlighting the importance of having fuel appliances regularly serviced by a registered engineer and ensuring residents have audible and functioning CO alarms installed in their home. According to Project SHOUT, it is estimated that only about a third of properties in the UK have a CO alarm fitted. In addition, a recent survey by Project SHOUT revealed that 80% of people who did have a CO alarm had no idea whether it worked or not as they never tested it. Along with recommending alarms to those who don’t have them already installed, Project SHOUT suggests highlighting to residents the importance of testing their alarm regularly to ensure it is working correctly. Many people also don’t realise that the sensors in CO alarms have a limited life span of typically seven to 10 years and that alarms need replacing after that time. For more information regarding Project SHOUT, visit projectshout.com.

Smith Brothers has acquired a new Sheffield office and appointed a specialist design team to bolster its remit of electrical engineering services. The four designers are senior design manager and principal electrical engineer Richard Furniss, civil design manager Steve Sadler, primary electrical design engineer Lee Newheiser, and protection and control design engineer Cat Lucas. Robroy Enclosures has announced the appointments of Mimi Miles to marketing manager and Gary Quirk to market development manager, covering the western US region.

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A YEAR TO CELEBRATE Deta Electrical looks back on its 60-year history and explains what it has in-store for the future.


eta Electrical has every reason to celebrate as it reaches its 60th anniversary on Wednesday October 10. Founded in 1958, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality wiring and electrical accessories has built a reputation for quality of products, service and support. Deta is well established as a leading supplier to the UK electrical wholesale sector and has a strong presence in export markets to include the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean, where its products have been supplied and installed in a number of high-profile projects. Since its inception in Enfield, London, 60 years ago, to the launch of the ‘Vimark’ brand in 1993 and thereafter its first developer specification in 1999, the Deta name has become synonymous with well-designed, high-quality and reliable wiring accessories. As market trends and preferences have evolved, Deta’s range of wiring accessories has been extended to include the marketleading Slimline family, enhanced by the Ultra Flatplate and Screwless metal plate ranges, and more recently, the launch of Vimark Curve and Vimark Evo.

Quality assurance Deta is committed to continuous improvement and, as a responsible supplier, is proud to hold quality management certification to ISO 9001:2015 and environmental management certification to ISO 14001:2015. Quality assurance has always been at the forefront for Deta and is in place across its entire worldwide supply chain. Deta undertakes a stringent selection, audit and continual monitoring process of its manufacturing facilities in order to ensure quality and reliability of products, and dependability of service is consistently delivered. Environmental impact is similarly paramount to Deta, and a current and comprehensive review of product packaging is in progress to eliminate and reduce plastic waste and ensure that packaging materials used are recyclable whilst still maintaining aesthetic appeal.

Deta is planning a number of new product launches in the last quarter of 2018

“We are very proud to be celebrating throughout 2018 as Deta Electrical marks a very special milestone – our 60th anniversary.”

New innovation With its head office and distribution centre located in Luton, Deta’s dedicated and long-serving team remain passionate and focused on maintaining its highly-prized reputation as the number one specification of choice amongst the UK’s leading new build developers. Supported by the introduction of complementary new product ranges and through continuous investment in product innovation and design, as well as strategic acquisitions, Deta continues to bring products to market that meet the latest needs of its wholesale customers and electrical contractors. In recent years, Deta has successfully extended its product offering to include residential lighting and ventilation, ‘Deta Protect+’ circuit protection and safety alarms, ‘Deta TTE’ steel conduit tube and fittings, and cable. The investment doesn’t stop there, with a number of new and innovative product launches in the pipeline for the remainder of 2018 and in to 2019, including 4.0A USB sockets with three high-speed charging ports, incorporating a 60th anniversary special

edition ‘Deta Blue’ rear moulding. Look out, too, for the new Deta Trade product catalogue launching in October, which is full of new and exciting additions to the Deta range.

Core values Throughout Deta’s continuous growth, its core values have remained unchanged in consistently delivering quality of products, service and support to its valued customers. Deta does not intend to rest on its laurels as it maintains a relentless focus on staying at the forefront of the industry and bringing to market new and cutting-edge products to meet the needs of the modern market. “We are very proud to be celebrating throughout 2018 as Deta Electrical marks a very special milestone – our 60th anniversary,” comments managing director Gerry Barnett. “We are keen to celebrate our history, from our inception in London in 1958, to establishing Slimline as the number one specification of choice, and to the success of our ever-growing trade business today. I would like to thank our valued customers for their continued support and our staff for their dedicated hard work. Our goal for the future is to stay at the forefront of the industry, maintain our position as a high-quality manufacturer of wiring and electrical accessories and continue to invest in product development to meet the requirements of the modern market.” Deta Electrical, detaelectrical.co.uk

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CONTRACT NEWS WLS COMPLETES FIRE & SECURITY INSTALLATION AT £48M OFFICE SCHEME WLS has completed a complex installation at 160 Aldersgate, a £48 million refurbishment by McLaren Construction involving transformation of a tired 1980s building into 266,000 sqft of Grade A office space. WLS installed smoke detectors and alarms as part of the Cat A electrical fit out for the whole building, designing the installation to enable extensions and additions to the core system to suit occupier requirements. The company also completed the fire safety installation for all pre-let areas of the building, aligned to a phased evacuation strategy that will maximise personal safety in the event of a fire while reducing business interruption and the potential for false alarms. WLS integrated the fire detection and alert system with a PAVA (public address and voice alarm) system, ensuring safety and evacuation messages are audible in all locations. The fully-programmable system has been integrated with a number of other elements of the mechanical and electrical installation to aid access and egress, manage smoke and minimise additional hazards based on cause and effect scenario planning. The security system combines access control, digital video and intruder alarm in a single, scalable system, with dedicated software to enable bespoke programming of all locations for restricted employee and visitor access. WLS also designed and installed a highperformance CCTV system for the building with HD CCTV hardware and IP Ethernetbased image delivery to the control room via Cat 5 cable networks. WLS installed the server, the PC monitoring stations and the software for the CCTV system, with installation of the cameras themselves simplified by the use of an IP-based system. WLS was also responsible for fit out of the control room, which sits at the heart of the life safety systems and contains the monitoring control panels for the ATS (automatic transfer switches), the smoke extract system, the fire alarm system, the smoke damper status panel, the CCTV, the disabled refuge control panel, and the sprinkler status panel and the PAVA control system.

ZUMTOBEL GROUP HELPS CREATE RIGHT AMBIENCE IN LEISURE FACILITY Zumtobel and Thorn Lighting have played a big part in creating the right ambience for the £25 million Places Leisure Eastleigh sports, health and fitness venue in Hampshire. The new centre is located next to the building of the old Fleming Park Leisure Centre and has been developed by Eastleigh Borough Council.

The state-of-the art facility, co-funded by Sport England who contributed £2 million to the scheme, will feature a giant sports hall that will house 15 badminton courts. An eight-lane pool has also been created on the ground floor near a learner pool with a floor depth that can be altered. The centre will also have a 150-station gym, a ballet studio, a spin studio, a crèche, a soft play area incorporating party rooms and a café with outside seats. For the vast sports hall and squash courts, Zumtobel’s Craft compact LED high-bay luminaires have provided the solution. Sealed to IP65, Craft has a specially developed wide beam optic for uniform, square illumination with no dark

SOUTH AYRSHIRE SCHOOL PUPILS PILOT CUTTING-EDGE LIFI TECHNOLOGY pureLiFi has deployed its LiFi solutions – which use light to establish wireless internet connections – at Kyle Academy secondary school in Ayr, Scotland. The project is being conducted in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh and is being overseen by Scottish Futures Trust, which supports the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy. The Scottish Government also supported the pilot with a £16,000 grant through its Digital Schools initiative for equipment and installation. pureLiFi and the LiFi Research and Development Centre at the University of Edinburgh provided resources for the execution of the pilot with hands-on support and subsequent testing. South Ayrshire Council’s Kyle Academy is the first school globally to pilot real LiFi technology within the classroom. The installation of pureLiFi’s LiFi-XC system comprised eight LiFi-enabled LED light bulbs in the ceiling and students have been given access to LiFi-XC stations that plug in to their laptops enabling high-speed connectivity through the lights. Student Toby Nixon who has taken part in the pilot said, “It is exciting to be part the world first LiFi deployment in a school, especially because it is a technology born in Scotland, a country with a proud history of innovation.” Professor Harald Haas, of University of Edinburgh and co-founder of pureLiFi, commented, “LiFi was born in Scotland at a TED Global talk that I presented in 2011. Seven years later, I am absolutely thrilled to see true LiFi deployed for the first time in a school in Scotland. Connectivity has become a basic need to enable prosperity. This world’s first pilot not only offers secure connectivity in a school, but hopefully inspires the next generation to join us in innovating for humanity and prosperity.”

areas (UGR 80 (4000 K), Ra > 70 (6500 K) and a transparent PMMA diffuser with additional safety cover. For sustainability, Thorn’s Chalice was the choice in corridors and changing rooms as an alternative conventional fluorescent downlights, reducing energy usage by up to 60%. Chalice is available fixed (13/26/38W) or with a replaceable LED module (Twist version), both with a choice of colour temperatures (3,000 or 4,000K). Novaline was chosen for stairwells whilst Thorn’s Aquaforce IP65-rated LED luminaires are providing high quality, low energy lighting in the wet and dusty environment of the plantrooms.

PRYSMIAN AWARDED NEW PROJECT FOR SUBMARINE INTERCONNECTION IN GREECE Prysmian Group has been awarded a new contract worth approximately €21 million by IPTO (Independent Power Transmission Operator), the Transmission System Operator of the Greek electricity system, for two interconnections between the Cyclades islands (Evia, Andros and Tinos), Greece. The project involves the design, supply and installation, as well as the related land civil work of two turnkey High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) cable systems designed to transmit a power of 200 MVA and consisting of 150kV three core cables with XLPE insulation and double wire armouring and associated fibre optic cable system along a total route of over 18km (16,5 km submarine and 2km land) for the interconnection between the four landfalls (Evia – Andros and Andros – Tinos). The submarine cable system will increase and ensure robust, reliable and sustainable power transmission system between the Cyclades islands. The maximum water depth expected will be in the range of 550m in the link between the islands Evia and Andros. The submarine cables for the link will be manufactured in the Arco Felice plant (Naples), the group’s centre of technological and manufacturing excellence, while land cables will be produced in Pignataro (Naples). Marine cable laying activities will be performed by the Group’s ‘Giulio Verne’ cable-laying vessel. Production of both submarine and land cables will be carried out during 2018-2019. Delivery and commissioning is scheduled for Q3 2019.

LIGHT EFFICIENT DESIGN BRIGHTENS MINEHEAD SEAFRONT A new retrofit LED lamping installation has been completed along Minehead seafront in Somerset. A total of 67 Light Efficient Design LED 8045M 50W retrofit lamps have replaced the 80W corn lamps previously used in the lamp posts lining the seafront. The existing custom caps used with the corn lamps were also replaced with E40 base fittings to suit the new LED retrofit solutions. Taunton Council had for some time been looking for a more efficient lighting solution offering enhanced light quality and energy savings. However, the replacement of the complete fittings in each lamp post was cost prohibitive. As these were clear of corrosion the council decided a retrofit LED re-lamping approach was the most viable solution. Following a thorough market evaluation and a final public opinion poll, Light Efficient Design’s 8045 50W recessed LED retrofit solution was selected by the Council. The overall decision was based on lamp compatibility, quality, light output, energy performance and an industry leading five-year warranty. Wholesaler Devondale Electrical Taunton Branch supplied the products which were subsequently fitted by the council.

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CONTRACT NEWS ADAPTABLE BUILDING CONTROLS CREATE OPTIMAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Multiple building services at a London free school are being managed from a single control system, following the use of modular I/O from WAGO. John Keats Primary School is a new free school occupying the first two floors of a new residential development in South Bermondsey, London. The school opened to reception pupils in September 2018, and will eventually accommodate up to 450 students up to year six. Neo System Automation Ltd, a WAGO Solution Partner, designed and installed all building controls, cabling and trunking. Four WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM 750 controllers are used, two of which are in mechanical plant rooms handling water heating and air handling. DALI and KNX controllers and I/O modules control all internal and external lighting from control cabinets accessed from the school corridors. The system is modular, allowing additional I/O slices to be easily added to the control node should the system need to be expanded. Pupils at the school will benefit from an enhanced learning environment, with the control systems monitoring conditions to provide optimum lighting, temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, all of which have

been shown to improve concentration and alertness. Room sensors and passive-infrared sensors detect occupancy in rooms and corridors and adapt the conditions accordingly. Certain controls can be manually overridden by school staff, for example to turn off lights to show a film or presentation. WAGO supplied all cabling and trunking, which was prewired, tested and assembled in modular sections offsite at its facility in Rugby. The ease of installation allowed Neo System Automation Ltd to de-skill on-site and reduce labour costs. The pluggable connectors used in the cabling are maintenancefree for the life of the installation, which will reduce future maintenance costs for the school.

TOWER BLOCKS’ FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS RAISED TO TOP CATEGORY PROTECTION WITH AICO Watford Community Housing has completed the installation of Grade D, LD1 fire detection systems in two 16-storey tower blocks using Aico multi-sensor fire alarms and accessories, wirelessly interconnected with Aico’s RadioLINK+ RF technology. Domestic fire alarm installation is guided by BS 5839-6:2013, which identifies both grades of alarm system to use and categories of protection. Watford Community Housing has chosen the highest category, LD1, for the two tower blocks. David Wright, surveying manager at Watford Community Housing explains, “Our tenants’ safety and wellbeing is our highest priority. With this in mind, and due to the known risks around high-rise buildings, we decided that full detection would be appropriate.” The decision to install alarms to the highest category possible was made some time ago, as part of an organisational review of housing stock. The housing association has been using Aico alarms for many years. “We believe the products deliver the best in safety for our tenants,” comments David. “We are also aware of what is required from a maintenance point of view, helping us to minimise the time we spend in the properties.” This was one of the considerations for Watford Community Housing when specifying alarm types, which led them to Aico’s multisensor fire alarm. Three to four multi-sensors have been installed per flat (depending on the number of bedrooms), plus an Ei164e heat alarm in the kitchen and a wall mounted Ei450 alarm control switch. The switch allows residents not only to test all alarms on the system, but also silence them and locate the trigger alarm from a safe, accessible location. The devices within each flat are interconnected wirelessly using Aico RadioLINK+ RF technology.

PLAYFORDS AWARDED CONTRACT FOR PRESTIGIOUS THEATRE Playfords Limited has announced the successful award of the contract for the mechanical and electrical elements associated with the refurbishment and alterations to the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. Theatre Royal Drury Lane is Grade 1 listed, owned by LW Theatres Group Ltd (previously known as Really Useful Theatres Group) who purchased the building 16 years ago. It is open daily and has recently held productions of Shrek, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and 42nd Street which is currently showing. Concerts and events are also held in the auditorium. The contract secured is to replace the whole of the electrical, mechanical and plumbing services throughout the theatre, bringing it up to today’s standards, which will allow the theatre to host a wider variety of shows and productions and will incorporate the latest technology in terms of sound and lighting systems. The contract is Playford’s largest contract award. The contract was won in stiff competition and was secured off the back of a recent success at the Royal Opera House, where Playford completed the MEP services for the open up project. Initial survey works have commenced, and a 3D model of the building will be produced so that a fully coordinated building services installation is created. Construction and installation works on-site will commence in January 2019 following the closure of the latest production at the theatre. Playfords then have 16 months to complete the works prior to the reopening of the theatre in the Autumn of 2020.

MARSHALL-TUFFLEX CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM DELIVERS FOR HIGH-PROFILE PROJECT A high-profile multi-million pound construction project has put MarshallTufflex’s Sterling Profile 4 multicompartment PVC-U cable management system to use in a large number of offices and support buildings. The project required a system which met Cat 6a cabling requirements (Sterling Profile 4 meets Cat 7a) as well as those of the Disability Discrimination Act for people with visual impairment, Approved Document Part M and IP4X. Sterling Profile 4 is designed for perimeter dado and skirting installations, offering one half size and two full compartments with the option of extending the height if required. It is available in a variety of colours/finishes and the range includes flush power and data accessories, corners, flat angles, bends and tees. The system can accommodate wiring alterations and additions while further services segregation within each compartment can be achieved through use of dividing fillets.

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HIGHER APPRENTICESHIPS LAUNCHED TO MEET CONSTRUCTION GROWTH IN WALES The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has announced two new Higher Apprenticeship programmes in construction management and quantity surveying. The university is working directly with industry partners and in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver these programmes at

the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering from October 2018. The construction industry has been fundamental in the creation of the new Higher Apprenticeships. Gerald Naylor, director of CWIC said, “The development of the two Higher Apprenticeships is a complete collaboration between industry and education partners. An industry task-group was established with representatives from construction

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firms across Wales. Their input was instrumental in the delivery of the new courses, resulting in training that is designed for industry by industry. CWIC was delighted to help co-ordinate this work, and we will continue to develop projects that benefit the construction sector in Wales.” The Welsh Government has been keen to see the continued and increased involvement of professional bodies in the promotion of Higher Apprenticeships.

ECA is urging the electrotechnical engineers of tomorrow to attend this year’s Skills Cymru event, during which numerous career opportunities in the sector will be showcased by the association and industry partners. ECA’s ‘Get Skilled’ stand will give young people insight into what it’s like to work in the modern electrotechnical and engineering services sector. Apprentices from the industry will also attend to share and discuss their experiences. The stand will be highly interactive, providing visitors with the chance to try new skills through ‘hands-on’ activities, such as correctly wiring the latest switches and other fittings, and using thermal imaging. There will also be demonstrations on how to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and an interactive home automation system that uses the latest smart technologies. Attendees will also be able to talk with a range of people working in the industry, who can share their experience of the range of available opportunities, and the financial rewards. Industry partners include JTL and JIB, who will also be providing interactive demonstrations at the event. Skills Cymru is a major careers and skills event for Wales, attracting up to 10,000 people annually. This year’s event will take place on October 10-11 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and October 17-18 at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

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ROCKY ROADS Lauren George of vehicle tracking specialist ABAX looks at how improper use of company vehicles can affect businesses financially.


ight commercial vehicles (vans) within the workplace are governed in accordance with taxation policy and regulation outlined by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). With an ongoing focus on compliant usage, subjective grey areas in legislation and eye-watering tax penalties, it is vital that a business and its drivers address how they use their vans day-to-day. Following a recent survey, ABAX shockingly discovered that over half of employees who drive a vehicle for business purposes are unaware of HMRC regulation and risk tax penalties because they are misusing their business vehicle. In the UK, 99.8% of business-owned vans are on a ‘nil-benefit’ system. This system is chosen because it is a simple and cost-effective way to operate a van fleet. On a nil-benefit system, the van should only complete business trips, insignificant private trips and commutes. And here lies three main problems for a business.

How can you stop your fleet being misused? As completing significant private mileage on a nil-benefit system is not allowed, it is in HMRC’s best interest to make sure a business does not choose this system and exploit it. Therefore, a business must prove to HMRC that no significant private trips are taking place. To clarify, it is not up to HMRC to prove you are misusing your fleet, it is up to you to prove that you are not. HMRC recommends that you achieve compliance by: Breakdown of the tax penalty faced by both business and employee

•K  eeping a detailed mileage record of all trips • I mplementing an HMRC compliant vehicle policy •U  sing a vehicle tracking system.

If you are not are implementing all three recommendations, then your business and your drivers may be at risk from HMRC penalties.

What does the term ‘insignificant’ mean? To help understand the term ‘insignificant’, HMRC provides a definition and some ‘real-life’ examples. It refers to insignificant as ‘too small or unimportant to be worth consideration,’ with the examples of: •T  aking an old mattress to the tip a couple of times a year •M  aking a slight detour to purchase a newspaper at a local shop on the way to work •C  alling in at the dentist on the way home from work. However, these examples are very subjective. What you judge to be insignificant may be very different from your drivers or an HMRC inspector, which is not ideal in legislation. Welcome to an HMRC grey area. The best thing you can do is be clear in your vehicle policy what trips can and cannot be taken.

What happens if your drivers complete significant private trips? Let’s say that you have one driver who has been caught by HMRC completing significant private trips in a van that is not taxed to do so. They and you now face a tax penalty, a penalty that can be backdated for up to six full years. Yes, the tables below are correct. One driver completing unauthorised trips and the total penalty could exceed £35,000 – an eye-watering amount that will have a huge impact on any business.

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For problems so easily fixed, is it worth the risk? “HMRC has implemented a taskforce with the sole purpose of recuperating lost benefitin-kind taxation.”

HMRC has implemented a taskforce with the sole purpose of recuperating lost benefit-inkind taxation. It is doing this by increasing its roadside vehicle checks and business records checks (BRCs). One of its most effective methods is to take photographs of vans found in public carparks outside of usual business hours, and then compare these vans to the records of the business. Additionally, as HMRC continues to go digital, technology is shaping the way it does things and it is becoming more effective. A huge problem regarding detailed mileage records is that they are time-consuming and extensive. To be 100% compliant, there are 14 pieces of information that HMRC requires: • Vehicle details including: vehicle registration, make, model, fuel type and engine capacity • The driver • The trip date • The trip start and end location, including postcode • The purpose (place/companies visited) • The start and closing mileage • Total business mileage. Recording all this information with pen and paper accurately is not practical for a profitable business. So just as HMRC is going digital, businesses are taking advantage of technology and implementing compliant vehicle tracking systems to record this information automatically and accurately. This immediately ticks two of the three HMRC recommendations, and provides a business with more control, reduced risk and improved fleet efficiency, so much so the investment is likely to be cost neutral. Now all you need is a compliant vehicle policy. So what are you waiting for? Abax, abax.co.uk

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he problems of flickering and poor dimming range are well-documented issues for installers when it comes to LED dimmers. Now Scolmore has come up with an intelligent dimmer module – Click Dual Mode Dimmer – that not only eliminates flickering, but is much easier to control than regular dimmers, and is essentially two dimmers in one; offering the installer maximum compatibility. With a choice of dimming modes – leading or trailing edge – installers can choose the mode that works most effectively with the LED lights they are using. The electronics inside some LED lamps have better compatibility with trailing edge and some are better in leading edge. Flicker at the bottom end of the dimming range is quite common when dimming LEDs. By incorporating a minimum brightness setting, the new Dual Mode Dimmer Module allows the minimum brightness to be adjusted, so that any flicker at the bottom end of the dimming range can be trimmed out. Some LED dimmers can also be quite complicated to install, especially when changing the settings such as dimming mode and minimum brightness, sometimes requiring the installer to perform a specific switching sequence using the dimmer knob. Scolmore has made this much easier by positioning two small switches on the back of the module. Switch one allows the minimum brightness to be adjusted; switch two allows the dimming module to be adjusted. Their position on the back of the module also makes it easier to change the dimmer settings without removing the module from the plate and so saving installation time.

The Dual Mode Dimmer Module also includes electronic thermal overload protection, so that if the module gets too hot it will cut out without damaging the internal electronics, allowing the module to cool down. This means that once it has cooled, it can be used again, with no need to replace the module. With some dimmers, the overload protection will reset the dimmer to factory settings, resulting in the installer having to be called out to reprogramme the dimmer. With the Scolmore module, the thermal overload protection does not have any effect on the installation settings, which means that the dimmer will remain set in the ideal compatibility settings for the LED lamps, as originally set by the installer. The small size of the new dimmer module means they can be placed above/below each other on multi-tier plates. They will fit into 25mm back boxes when used on raised plates and into 35mm back boxes when used on flat plates. By addressing some of the key frustrations of LED dimmers, and introducing a product that will help contribute to a saving of installation time on-site, Scolmore believes its new intelligent dimming module will be in high demand by installers.

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ILLUMINATING HISTORY Building controls specialist B.E.G. explains how it tackled a sensitive architectural challenge at St. John’s College to introduce an intelligent lighting solution.


.E.G. has helped deliver an integrated lighting control strategy to a college at one of the finest universities in the world. St. John’s College, a constituent college

of the University of Cambridge, which is ranked fourth in the Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, was founded in 1511 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII. The college’s alumni include winners of ten Nobel Prizes, seven prime ministers, 12 archbishops, two princes and even three Saints.

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PROJECT FOCUS Well-deserved refurb The ancient college, which has some parts dating back to 1200s, required a lighting control solution as part of the refurbishment of the New Court building. The controls would be used to reduce operating costs, whilst also having to meet the needs of its architectural sensitivities and minimise light pollution. Cambridge-based Baulogic Limited, which specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of building control solutions, in conjunction with B.E.G., carried out a detailed site survey. Taking into consideration the building’s unusual design, the company selected the B.E.G. wall-mounted indoor 180 KNX detector. B.E.G., founded in 1975, provides one of the widest ranges of presence and motion detectors in the controls market today. The B.E.G. 180 KNX sensor was ideal in situations such as this, as it is recommended for use in corridors, archive rooms and conference rooms. The occupancy detector offers full lighting flexibility with four operation modes available: fully automatic, semi-automatic, slave mode and occupancyindependent regulating mode. There are also up to three switching channels which can select whether the sensor is daylight-depending or not. In addition, values and follow-up times can be adjusted for all channels. It has a burn-in function with adjustable burn-in time from 1-100 hours, and the motion LED can be activated or deactivated via ETS parameter, communication object, or remote control. The detector has a choice of covers in five different colours, ensuring it can blend in with any décor.

Delicate touch Mark Gedrych, director at Baulogic Limited, says, “Most of the lobby spaces on either side of the central spiral staircase have tall cathedral ceilings,

with archways between each area, neither of which we were allowed to touch. “That’s why we selected the B.E.G. wall-mounted KNX 180 detectors for these areas, mounted at 2.4m off the floor, and chose frames that were colourmatched to the paint colour which had been selected by interior designers Eve Waldren Design. “The overall effect is very pleasing because the detectors blend nicely into the renovated 1830’s neo-Gothic spaces whilst still providing excellent coverage to catch Fellows and guests as they exit their rooms surrounding the lobby spaces on all sides.”

Making savings In a few areas, B.E.G. were able to employ the ceiling-mounted detector PD4 KNX SM, which gives coverage of up to 24m diameter. The B.E.G. PD4 KNX SM offers very similar benefits to the B.E.G. 180 KNX occupancy detector. The main difference with the PD4-KNX-SM is the fact it is ceiling mounted and its extended detection area, meaning it is most suitable for monitoring large areas like underground garages, gyms, warehouses, loading ramps, and halls. When fine tuning the detection areas, the strategic decision was made to fit some detectors with lens shields. This prevented lights being triggered when people are just walking past, as opposed to entering an area. Shields are intelligently designed to slip over an existing lens, so they do not change the overall appearance of a detector. The shields can be modified to give clearly defined detection areas. The shields are seen as a great addition because the lights come on only when needed, thus saving energy when not required.

“There were some interesting challenges as this celebrated college building had certain unique features.”

Stephen Payne, systems sales manager at B.E.G. comments, “At B.E.G. we are delighted to have worked with Baulogic Limited in one of the most successful and prestigious universities in the world. “There were some interesting challenges as this celebrated college building had certain unique features, such as the archways. Between B.E.G. and Baulogic Limited, we came up with a tailored solution that provided a fantastic lighting solution for St John’s College which will reduce its running costs and limit its light pollution.”

Parts of the college date back to 1200, offering unique challenges to its refurbishment

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STRONG FOUNDATIONS In the face of the skills shortage threatening the sector, Rexel outlines the story of three young tradespeople whom it has helped find a future in the electrical industry.


nvesting in the future of the electrical trade is a focus for many within the industry – and an issue that has only garnered more attention since the announcement of Brexit. Earlier this year, research undertaken by the Federation of Master Builders revealed in its quarterly report that the demand for skilled electricians outweighed supply. Combined with a similar shortage in other skilled professions, such as plumbers, carpenters and bricklayers, this poses a problem for the government as it tries to reach its target of constructing hundreds of thousands of houses annually. Rexel has been keen to invest in supporting and developing new talent eager to be part of the industry. One particular example comes from Greater Manchester, where Rexel has committed to supporting 11 apprentices, including the sponsorship of three budding electricians who have not had the easiest path into work.

This scheme has been made possible by working in partnership with the Re:allies Merchant Framework – a not for profit national partnership that provides smart procurement and asset management solutions for social housing landlords – and saw Rexel provide funding for the three young men through electrical apprenticeships.

Local talent The three apprentices, Wayne Lango, Alex Tyrie and Will Doleman, were all recruited by the charity Re:vision – a subsidiary charity of Procure Plus Holdings, part of the Re:allies Merchant Framework – through its partnership with local employment groups, YES Manchester, the Broughton Trust and Salford Search. These local employment groups have worked with the three candidates to remove barriers that were preventing them from getting into work. They have supported them in preparing for interview

“Investing in the future of the electrical trade is a focus for many within the industry.”

and to sustain employment. Today all three apprentices are working for construction companies on the Procure Plus Framework. “The shortage of talent coming into our industry is not a new concern for us, but one that has definitely been highlighted during the conversations around increased need for new homes in the UK and concerning Brexit and potential limitations being placed on free movement from the EU across our borders,” says Wayne Bridgehouse, head of facilities management. “At Rexel, we have always supported those with a keen interest in the electrical world, both within our own wholesaling sphere or the wider electrical industry. This latest investment demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the development and progression of our industry.”

Alex Tyrie’s story Upon leaving school, Alex was keen to undertake an apprenticeship – but after a rocky start to his career he felt let down and his confidence was very low. He sought support form Salford Search and the Broughton Trust, where they worked hard to rebuild Alex’s confidence and put him forward to Re:vision for an electrical apprenticeship opportunity with A B Electrical. Alex started his apprenticeship on January 3 this year. Re:vision liaised with Salford College and arranged for him to be signed up to complete his apprenticeship. Alex is now working as part of the team that are improving the housing stock of Salix Homes in Salford. As with all Rexel sponsored apprentices, Alex has received a tool kit and will continue to receive mentoring support for Re:vision. Simon Crewe, the commercial manager at A B Electrical, says: “The

work undertaken by Re:vision with its local employment group partners is key to sourcing candidates from the local communities where we work. We are delighted with how Alex has fitted into the team and confident he will have a great career with us in the future.” Alex adds, “This opportunity is great for me as I have always wanted to be an electrician. I live in a Salix Homes property and I’m proud to be improving other tenant’s homes in Salford and putting some good back into the community.” Re:vision operations director, Fiona Sharp, says, “Alex is not unusual, we come across many young people who have completed a diploma and still been unable to secure employment. As a result of the funding we have received from Rexel, we are able to make a difference and support employers and their apprentices, putting a stop to wasted talent.”

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Wayne Lango’s story Today Wayne is an electrical apprentice with Mears working to improve properties for Northwards Housing through the Procure Plus Framework, a job he always wanted after watching his father work as an electrician. But his journey to success has not been straightforward. After struggling to obtain sustainable employment, Wayne signed up to YES Manchester for help. With financial support from Re:vision, YES Manchester was able to help Wayne by giving him one-to-one coaching, which boosted his confidence. After supporting him, Wayne impressed at an interview with Mears and started his electrical apprenticeship in September 2017. When Wayne started his apprenticeship, he was delighted to receive a tool kit from Re:vision made possible through the Rexel sponsorship. He says, “Getting the apprenticeship was amazing. I am determined to work hard and be worthy of the faith that everyone at YES, Re:vison, Rexel and Mears have shown in me. The tool kit is fantastic, it is just what I needed. I know I would never have had this opportunity without all this support.”

Will Doleman’s story When Will started to work with YES Manchester, he had struggled to decide on a career. They gave him advice and guidance and Will’s confidence grew. He decided he was interested in an electrical apprenticeship, so YES helped Will with his maths and English and he passed the test required. Due to his lack of experience, they also suggested that he complete work experience. After impressing Mears, he was asked to apply for an electrical apprenticeship and is now an electrical apprentice with Mears. Paula Law, recruitment manager at Mears, says, “We are delighted with Will, we know that candidates put forward by YES and Re:vision have had a lot of support and are always well prepared for work when they come to us.” Will really appreciates all the support he has received from YES, Re:vison and the sponsorship from Rexel, saying: “All the work I did with YES and the preinterview with Re:vison really helped to settle my nerves; I hadn’t had many previous interviews. When I was offered the work trial, I was determined to show Mears that I was hard working and reliable. I can’t tell you how much this opportunity means to me and my future, I’m really enjoying my time as an electrical apprentice, learning all the skills I need to become qualified.” Rexel, rexel.co.uk

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CRUCIAL DETAILS AT A GLANCE When: November 14 and 15, 2018 Where: ExCeL London, E16 1XL How: Register at luxlive.co.uk/ECA for your entry badge

Returning for its eighth year is Europe’s biggest annual lighting event. Taking place on November 14 and 15 at ExCeL London, LuxLive 2018 organisers explain how the event is planning its most comprehensive and ambitious educational programme yet.


t is the must-attend exhibition to connect and share best practice with peers from a range of industries including education, energy and utilities, building and facilities management, healthcare, government, leisure, hospitality, industrial, retail, real estate, smart buildings and transport. As a visitor, your entry badge will get you access to the latest innovations, a packed schedule of expert talks, inspirational case studies, and your chance to stay up-to-date with ever-changing regulations. There will be no fewer than eight inspiring, free conference tracks and 20 feature areas, each one dedicated to a different aspect of lighting. Over 100 expert speakers will cover topics including emergency lighting, safer cities, lighting for transport and infrastructure,

workplace and wellbeing lighting, and much more. All the content at LuxLive will be CPD-approved. So what’s in-store for 2018?

Property Technology Live Delivering the digital workplace, at the heart of the show is the Property Technology Live arena. This centrepiece stage and technology zone is where the digital future of lighting comes to life. We’ve curated two days of free, engaging talks, masterclasses and debates from industry experts, including some of the world’s leading property developers, such as CBRE and JLL. You can also see demonstrations of the latest technology, meet the leading players and learn from real-world examples of acclaimed projects from around the globe.

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Are you accountable for the emergency lighting in your buildings? If so, you’ll know what a big responsibility it is to ensure that your staff and customers are safe at all times. As the ‘responsible person’ under the Fire Safety Act, it’s also down to you to manage the risk assessments, testing, maintenance and all the associated documentation.

Create spaces your customers will love. Return custom is crucial for retail, hotel and restaurants – and the right lighting is the easiest way to achieve it. In this special conference, we’ll show you how to use light to enhance brand value, create customer engagement and boost sales – and we’ll explore case studies where the right lighting has boosted sales.

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Lighting has long been a tool in the fight against anti-social behaviour, vandalism, crime and suicides in our cities. But increasingly, we are beginning to understand that brighter lighting is not always better; it’s the intelligent application of lighting – both static and dynamic – that is creating the real breakthroughs and leading to reductions in both crime and the fear of crime in our urban environments.

Despite conventional wisdom, workplaces are deceptively difficult places to light well. They are also one of the few categories of lighting with solid restrictions on light level and dos and don’ts. Few will suffer if your building façade is lit to 20 lux not 50; make a similar mistake in the workplace and you could have a lawsuit. This conference will show you how to create great spaces that boost productivity and well-being.

Lighting for Museums and Galleries “Smart controls and LEDs are changing how we think about lighting.”

“Art doesn’t reproduce the visible,” asserted Paul Klee. “Rather, it makes visible the invisible.” The LED lighting revolution is rapidly arriving in museums and galleries, bringing with it a whole array of functionality beyond simply illumination. Smart controls and LEDs are changing how we think about lighting, and how we successfully light the world’s most precious objects and artworks. This timely and exciting conference will bring together world experts to explore the latest techniques and technologies that can create great visitor experiences in our museums and galleries. To view all the conference programmes online, visit luxlive.co.uk/ECA. LuxLive 2018 is free to attend, so register for your entry badge today.

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Lighting for Transport and Infrastructure There are over 720 major UK projects in the pipeline, including major improvements to transport networks such as roads, rail, airports and ports, as well as large-scale energy, utility and regeneration projects. It’s a once-in-ageneration opportunity to deliver best practice lighting that will represent innovation, value and a human approach to creating welcoming and effective spaces for people.

LIA Live and Academy If you want to become an expert in lighting, check out the industry-leading Lighting Industry Association’s Lighting Academy. Taking place every day in the LIA Live zone, this special educational programme will see experienced tutors from the Lighting Industry Association take you through the fundamentals of light, light sources and lighting design. The LIA Labs will be there, demonstrating its testing procedures and its precision equipment, and the training division is discussing the unprecedented availability of qualifications.

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WHERE’S MY MONEY, MAN? Lee Murphy of Pandle, a cloud bookkeeping software for small businesses, looks at how to tackle the late payment culture.


t can be a daunting time; having completed a job to a high standard, paying meticulous attention to customer care, you are left waiting weeks or even months to get paid. The number of smaller construction sector firms at risk of collapse because of late payments is on the rise. According to recent research by the Prompt Payment Directory, many business owners cannot afford to pay themselves a salary because of the financial strain caused by late payments. It is a national problem highlighted by the collapse of construction giant Carillion earlier this year. The company was revealed to have spent £952m on local suppliers in 2016, relying on an extensive network of small firms who were forced to accept payment terms of 120 days. In the wake of its failure, Carillion is believed to have left up to 30,000 small businesses with unpaid bills, having a knock-on effect on their ability to continue trading. Those businesses have been jeopardised simply because they had not been paid by a client many had presumed reliable and solvent.

Dire straights The Prompt Payment Directory gives some insight into the effect Carillion’s collapse has had on the construction sector. Of the 400 small construction firms surveyed, 74% reported to have been on the brink of bankruptcy or liquidation or said they could be soon due to late payments. That figure is up by 30% on the previous year. Dealing with late payers may seem a challenge, particularly if you are a oneman-band working for a corporate client, but it needn’t be so. By taking steps to ensure your customers know when and where to pay you, you can instantly reduce how long it takes for invoices to be settled – after all, not all late payments are made with cynical intentions. All too often it is easy to focus on doing the day job and keep work coming in and leave the business of chasing down invoices to another day. Yet business administration, from sending out bills to forecasting cashflow, is as much a key component of a healthy thriving business as having a strong workflow.

Bonuses and penalties You may wish to include details of penalties for late payers in your payments policy. This could be a financial fine, or you may want to refuse any repeat business until a payment is made. You can encourage early payments by including bonuses, such as a discount or a free follow-up visit for customers who settle early. Not only does this boost your business coffers but builds customer loyalty.

Reminders and non-payers

“Carillion is believed to have left up to 30,000 small businesses with unpaid bills, having a knock-on effect on their ability to continue trading.”

There are plenty of tools available online, many of them free of charge, that will help you get organised and keep track of who owes you what and when. Many of them are even free, such as Pandle, which can automate the process of chasing and reminding customers for you, something that we see invariably having an immediate impact getting debtors to pay more quickly.

Payments policy Creating a payments policy that can be agreed up front with clients will help head off many problems before they arise. If you have a late payments policy in place, then you have the authority to enforce the rules. Asking clients to sign a payment policy at the start of a contract will ensure that they are aware of your terms and conditions. Include specific payments dates – these may vary depending on what business you are in – as well as details of charges and interest for late payments. Make sure your invoice includes all the correct information – help your clients to pay you by telling them how and where you want to be paid.

Phased payments If you are taking on a large job that could span months or one that involves you incurring costs up front, make sure you ask for a deposit or phased payments – no matter how reliable this customer has been in the past. It’s well worth considering a deposit to make sure a project goes through, ensuring you at least get some money if the work falls through. Likewise, phased payments for longer-term projects will ensure a healthy balance sheet.

There is nothing worse than calling a client to demand payment only to find you have the wrong details or perhaps missed out their purchase order number and they are using this as a tactic to keep delaying payment. Be clear of your facts before you begin sending reminders and demanding payment. Remember to stay professional and courteous; being abrasive and rude will not encourage a client to pay up. If a client continues to refuse to pay after reminders are sent, you may want to refuse any new work until bills have been settled. Remember to keep a note of nonpayers, this could help you in several years to come.

Dealing with non-payers If you hate chasing invoices, consider selling your invoices and getting someone else to do the chasing for you. This is called ‘factoring’ – it comes at a high cost, but it does mean you get paid on time and don’t get involved with chasing lots of invoices. Any decent tradesman wants to keep a good relationship with their customers, but chances are you will have to get tough with non-payers at some point. If you have people who won’t pay, then lots of phone calls and emails are the starting point and clearly, turning up at their house for domestic clients works well. After that it is legal channels, which sadly can be slow moving and involve more cost. If you are clear with customers about your payments policy and set up an automated reminder system that prompts them of when and where to pay, you will immediately cut how long it takes for invoices to be settled. In doing so, you will be left to focus on building your business, something that is good for you and your customers. Pandle, pandle.com

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UNTAPPED MARKET Stuart Tickle of AWE, distributor for the custom install and smart home technology industry, talks to ECN about why electrical contractors should be attending EI Live! 2019.

Why have you decided to exhibit at EI Live! 2019 and what are your aims at the show?

EI Live! provides us with a great opportunity to showcase the latest products and solutions available through AWE and talk to our dealers about their current and future projects. It’s a fantastic opportunity for attendees to learn about our expanding product portfolio, as well as experience it for themselves through live product demonstrations and in our dedicated demo theatre. How important do you think it is for electrical contractors to enter the AV and smart home market now? Almost every household today includes some sort of smart connectivity device, as more and more homeowners become aware of the benefits smart technology can offer. The expansion of this exciting market is creating a growing demand for skilled labour, creating significant opportunities for electrical contractors. The smart home is a lucrative opportunity that cannot be ignored, but electrical contractors need to understand the user benefits of the smart home products they are selling as a connected system, and how these devices may or may not connect with one another. Being knowledgeable on the key areas of smart home technology is of paramount importance. Not all these consumer devices are without shortcomings and working within a customer’s home requires trust and professionalism to protect both reputation and profitability.

What opportunities are out there for electrical contractors and what can EI Live! 2019 offer them? The opportunity is for electrical contractors to add value through installation and knowledge rather than just selling another commodity product at the cheapest price. By attending EI Live! 2019, electrical contractors can gain a better understanding of the latest products available from all the major brands, as well as learning from the experts on the installation process and how to communicate better with clients. What are you most excited about sharing with new clients at EI Live! 2019? AWE represents some of the biggest brands, and electrical contractors have direct access to products from brands including, Sony, URC, Panasonic, KEF, Kinetik, HEOS By Denon, QMotion and Epson, to name a few, which will all be on display at EI Live! 2019. We’re also looking forward to talking with electrical contractors about the training opportunities available to them. Education is vital for anyone who is interested in moving into this industry, and our courses cover all aspects of a smart home project: foundation training, lighting, video distribution, home and automation and control. AWE recently hosted a training course for electrical contractors – what was the purpose of this and what topics were covered? AWE provides electrical contractors with a range of training courses via its Smart Home Academy. The one-day Foundation Workshop is a great place to start, as it focuses on the fundamentals of smart home installations. This session focuses on the fundamentals of custom installation. Uniquely, as well as important background and theory, there is a heavy bias towards the essential skills and knowledge required for a variety of tasks that smart home electricians will be faced with on a regular basis in a hands-on workshop. Starting with basic health and safety advice and dos and don’ts of custom install, the course then progresses into the practical sessions. A variety of tasks await course delegates, from neatly and safely placing an in-ceiling

speaker between joists and mounting a TV bracket, to reliably terminating and testing CAT 5/6 network cables. Key points covered during the day include: • Health and safety basics • Audio set-up, speaker positioning and room acoustics • Speaker and display installation techniques • CAT cable termination • Introduction to lighting technologies • Introduction to home automation controls. This session teaches attendees all they need to know to form a basic understanding of the technology and how to implement it into a project in the custom install industry. This knowledge will then be applied via practical elements in order to pass the session. This is completed using an installation essentials tool kit that is provided at the start of the day. Attendees get to take this kit away with them at the end of the day, which provides them with familiarity when they get on-site. AWE will be exhibiting at EI Live! 2019, taking place on April 30 - May 1 at Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre. Visit eiliveshow.com for more information. Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre April 30 | May 1, 2019



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BUILDING A SMARTER FUTURE The Smart Buildings Show 2018 gives a taste of its conference programme and influential speaker line-up for this year’s event.


he Smart Buildings Show 2018, which takes place on November 7-8 at the Barbican, London is the largest UK event dedicated to smart commercial buildings. According to a recent report from Zion Market Research, the global smart building market was valued at around $5,800 million in the year 2016 and it is expected to reach approximately $61,900 million by 2024. The global smart building market is expected to have a compound growth of more than 34% between 2017 and 2024. This huge investment in building management systems, intelligent lighting, software, security and automation means that facilities managers, building owners and architects are under more pressure than ever to deliver the right solution to make their buildings more efficient and user-friendly than ever before. This market growth means it is essential that facilities managers, building owners and architects make the right decisions when specifying new builds or retrofitting existing buildings, to make sure that they conform to current regulations and ensure that the workplace is fit for purpose now and in the years to come.

Uniting the sector Smart Buildings Show is a free-to-attend event that provides knowledge through its exhibitors and its conference. Ram Venkat, marketing manager, EcoBuilding Division at Schneider Electric, who is exhibiting at the show, comments, “After some great networking and interactions last year, we are excited to be back again at the Smart Buildings Show. Companies are waking up to the reality that buildings are more than just another operating cost – they’re assets that can help companies achieve

their goals and aspirations. This is a great opportunity for us to engage with some of the leading minds in the industry, share our experiences and best practices.” Confirmed exhibitors include: ExcelRedstone, Honeywell, ENGIE UK, Schneider Electric, SmartGreen, Allied Telesis, global associates, GEZE UK, Remark Group, DEOS UK, Phoenix Contact, WAGO, BEG UK, Smart Buildings Ltd, Pressac Communications and EnOcean, with the event sponsor being Bluetooth SIG, SmartGreen, Honeywell and engie.

A place to learn The conference programme is split into three theatres; Connected – Management, Connected – Controls and the Training Theatre. There will be keynote presentations from JLL and Microsoft, plus a host of speakers from across the smart buildings industry. These include speakers from companies such as Schneider Electric, Tridium and IBM. The training theatre will be providing up-to-date CPD courses from companies such as Synapsys and Beckhoff. On the second day of the show, Hurley Palmer Flatt will be presenting on how smart buildings will change the role of building and facilities managers. Paul Roche, group director, comments, “The built environment is in a constant state of flux. Architectural styles change and new technologies bring in new structural possibilities. From simple cave dwelling to multi-storey skyscraper; wattle and daub hut to energy efficient Passivhaus; our man-made environment has developed and evolved over the centuries, picking up and incorporating technology as it presents itself. Over recent years, the speed of that evolution has shown no signs of abating – in fact, it could be argued that since the start of the e-revolution, although the physicality of buildings has changed little, the way in which the built environment interacts with its users has moved more markedly than at any point in history.”

“The global smart building market is expected to have a compound growth of more than 34% between 2017 and 2024.”

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Wide-reaching audience Smart Buildings Show is expecting an audience from across the buildings services spectrum, after the success of last year’s event. John Hatcher, conference director, adds, “The quality of the attendees is again set to be high with registrations already in from companies such as; the Salisbury Group, The Royal Household, University of Westminster, North Yorkshire

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SMARTER SECURITY Neil Baldwin, sales director at ESP, looks at how the rise in multi-family living is providing opportunities for switched-on contractors when considering home security solutions for this new generation of householders.


ulti-generational households are on the rise, fuelled by the increasing cost of residential care for the elderly – currently between £29,000 and £39,000 per year – and the inability of many young people to get onto the property ladder – house prices have increased by more than 55% in the last decade. As a result, many of today’s households are accommodating up to three generations of one family, with parents, children and grandparents all living under the same roof. When it comes to security, this new demographic of dwellers provides contractors with increased opportunities to upgrade and/or make additions to existing security solutions to cover the broader range of requirements of a multi-family household; in particular the aspect of assisted living that comes with elderly or vulnerable residents. Smart technology is making it easier than ever for installers to come up with solutions to satisfy these changing needs, with a range of products that are both easy to install and straightforward to operate. There are now smart products available to provide all levels of security, from basic security floodlights, to CCTV systems and, more recently, even door bells.

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Can the changing demands of today’s security sector be met by smart solutions?

For those customers with no external security measures in place to protect their properties, the installation of a simple camera and security floodlight system could be the answer to providing basic security cover. There are a range of products available, and a complete, all-in-one, energy-efficient LED PIR floodlight system is suitable not just for securing domestic properties, but also for areas around offices and industrial or agricultural units.

A Wi-Fi version, such as the GuardCam Deco from ESP, offers even more features, while still remaining a cost-effective solution. These combined Wi-Fi security camera and LED floodlight systems have been designed with ease of set up as a key feature, and they offer the option for remote monitoring via smartphone or tablet, using an app specially developed for the system. With all members of the household from young to old able to access the app, this provides added security, and in the event of an alert to their devices, the family member nearest to the property at the time can take prompt action. Because they have a built-in camera that offers full 1080p HD live viewing and recording, they will provide superior quality images – an area of concern highlighted by the police who are constantly faced with poor quality CCTV images. Even where an existing security light might be in place, chances are that it is old, corroded and out of order. Yet, a fully functioning, replacement solution can be installed in no more than 15 minutes and without the need for additional cabling. This makes it an easy solution for installers to sell to customers.

Camera-ready Estimated to be worth in the region of £2.4 billion and still growing, the UK security market is big business. With CCTV accounting for the biggest slice of the sector – a 50% share – this represents a significant opportunity for installers, who will already possess the necessary skills to operate in this complementary and growing sector. With the focus on smart solutions, wireless CCTV systems are becoming an increasingly popular choice and are a quick and easy solution to updating a customer’s security provision. There are a range of wire-free CCTV kits available, offering speed and ease of installation and operation, with remote monitoring possible via a smartphone or tablet, using the relevant app. We are continually being asked by customers about Wi-Fi CCTV solutions and have been developing our product offer to meet this growing demand. Customers can opt from a variety of levels of sophistication and price ranges to suit their clients’ needs. At one end there is the HDview 1080p range of CCTV kits, which have been specifically designed for the domestic market and have ease of installation

and superior quality HD image capture among their key attributes. For a more sophisticated solution, there is now a range of 4 megapixel CCTV systems available.

Peace of mind “With the focus on smart solutions, wireless CCTV systems are becoming an increasingly popular choice.”

Smart technology has also reached the humble door bell, and we are seeing a growing demand from home owning smartphone users for video doorbells which allow them to keep a remote eye on visitors to their properties. These are ideal products for households where an elderly or immobile relative may be indoors for prolonged periods of time and unable to answer the door. A product like the Aperta Wi-Fi door station with record facility is an ideal solution as it is quick and easy to install. Once set up with the app downloaded, it allows users to view and talk to visitors at their home, whether they are on the premises or on the other side of the world. There are a number of products on the market but the Aperta Wi-Fi door station goes a step further than most by offering the ability to also unlock doors with the further installation of a 15V minimum hardwired power supply and suitable locks. We are seeing a growing demand for these Wi-Fi door stations as they offer security solutions across a wide range of applications, by providing easy access to visitors, carers, gardeners, cleaners and maintenance workers. ESP, espuk.com

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SMART CIRCUITS Leandro Souza of Schneider Electric explores the benefits of using connected devices at the circuit level.


mid a tightening economic outlook, competition between British businesses is booming. Contractors should recognise their customers are under great pressure to cut costs, while continuing to increase revenue and save energy – all to ensure they remain able to compete with their rivals. To do this, many companies are opting to extend the lifespan of their electrical assets, putting effective circuit protection back into the spotlight. This is an obvious choice. It is crucial to avoid any faults or damage occurring to the electrical circuit. Downtime can be catastrophic. In fact, when you take into account the cost of the disruption to the business and the cost of the repair, it is something all businesses ought to be avoiding. To protect the health of their customers’ electrical circuits, contractors must go above and beyond to ensure they are adopting the most cutting-

edge solutions to enhance circuit protection. By staying up-to-date with the latest innovations in circuit-level energy monitoring, they can deliver a superior level of operational intelligence, maintenance and circuit protection.

Total visibility Technological progress can seem both a blessing and a curse for today’s businesses. Advancing sensors and the emergence of the internet of things (IoT) has optimised certain parts of operations while also revealing new challenges and responsibilities. In addition to a contractor’s familiar role in keeping their buildings operational, they are now expected to cut costs while growing revenues. This is possible by improving maintenance practices and efficiency to extend the lifespan of their equipment. Yet, when it comes to circuit and equipment protection, many are simply going through the motions. Facing limited resources and an endless, expensive cycle of maintenance, organisations would greatly

“Technological progress can seem both a blessing and a curse for today’s businesses.”

benefit from being able to predict problems such as electrical faults, cable overloads, short circuits and insulation faults before they become a costly issue. To overcome this challenge, building managers must have full oversight of their electrical assets at all times.

Making circuit breakers and RCBOs smart Recent advances have produced truly intelligent circuit breakers and RCBO sensors. They form the foundation of a more effective, conditions-based approach to asset management. Leveraging operational and environmental data, it is key to protecting electrical circuits and reducing the costs associated with frequent repairs. The advantage of smart solutions is their connectivity. Connected to the building management system through the Internet of Things, contractors can use them to ensure real-time data can be captured on power flow, energy and device health in the

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CIRCUIT PROTECTION moment. They are able to detect problems, such as unstable loads, and identify the source of the issue before it can snowball into a larger crisis. When positioned to maximum effect, these devices are able to collate the most granular of data from previously untapped and inaccessible parts of a facility’s infrastructure, helping to improve the overall monitoring process. By analysing this data and learning how and when the energy is being consumed across the building, a clearer picture of the infrastructure’s overall health can be collected – providing alerts to any faults, power overloads or even any energy waste. Connected sensors increase the reliability, efficiency and condition of key electrical assets by helping to monitor and measure currents, voltages, power factors and energy. This is necessary not only for the accurate monitoring of a company’s energy consumption, but also as a means to maintain the health of its equipment.

Going above and beyond The cost of maintenance and servicing, particularly around switchgear is a universal concern for building managers. However, rather than resulting from the innate challenges of the building itself, high costs more often stem from failings in the current maintenance schedule. This is where a contractor’s ability to implement the latest technologies can help.

Traditionally, building managers have followed a maintenance plan composed of regular, scheduled check-ups and corrective repairs once a breakdown occurs. The main drawback of this system is its inattentiveness. Equipment is checked at a set time periodically and regardless of its actual health. Wear and tear, damage and faults can certainly be detected using this approach, but it is mostly left to chance whether they are discovered before the damage is done. In the worst case, faults and electrical damage are found after the event and must be repaired, at great cost and disruption. Recently, however, more effective ‘predictive’ approaches have emerged. These utilise connected sensors to detect faults, and use environmental data to predict when an asset will likely fail. Corrective action is then organised automatically before, and not after, business disruption is caused. The predictive approach prevents asset and facility downtime, and can result in considerable savings and efficiencies. Electrical contractors and installers ought to be using connected devices at the circuit level. In doing so, they can help ensure the safety and longevity of their customers’ assets, resulting in happier clients and stronger business relationships. Connected devices ensure the safety of a building’s assets with their ability to share relevant environmental data at high speed – to building

Using connected devices at circuit level can ensure the safety and longevity of electrical assets


managers or anyone else who needs to see it. Ultimately, the more data is made available, the easier it becomes to respond to electrical faults at speed. There is no denying that connected devices and predictive maintenance are quickly becoming a vital component in circuit protection. Schneider Electric, schneider-electric.co.uk

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CLEAT CAUTION The incorrect interpretation of short-circuit test reports can result in inappropriate cable cleats being specified and installed. Richard Shaw, managing director of cable cleat innovator and manufacturer, Ellis, explains the situation and what needs to be done to rectify this.


he role of cable cleats in any electrical cable installation is of paramount importance. They are there to prevent costly and dangerous damage to cables and those around them in short circuit situations – in fact, the only thing underspecified cleats do in a short circuit situation is add to the shrapnel. Third party short-circuit testing still tends to be accepted as the best way to effectively prove a cleat does what it claims. Unfortunately, the validity of this process is being jeopardised by the fact that the headline figure on such reports is all too frequently taken to mean that the products tested deliver the same level of short-circuit withstand irrespective of the installation. This is blatantly incorrect. You cannot say that a specific cable cleat has a short-circuit withstand of 150kA without qualifying the statement by putting it into context in terms of the cable size, cable arrangement and how often the cleats need to be spaced.

Closer inspection Take for example a recent report I was given, which had a headline figure that alluded to the product withstanding a peak short-circuit of 138kA. Upon full reading it became clear this was simply not the case. The test rig was set up with four trefoil circuits in parallel, and while the overall fault level was 138kA, each of the four trefoil groups only saw a quarter of the fault, meaning they only withstood the equivalent of 34.5kA. The ease with which this report could have been misinterpreted is clear, and if you imagine it being reviewed by an over-eager salesman and an ill-informed specifier, it’s even easier to see a project being incorrectly specified. Worryingly, if the product in question was installed on a system with a peak short-circuit over 34.5kA, just a quarter of the report’s 138kA headline figure, it would provide as much protection as a plastic cable tie. This example clearly highlights the need for third party test reports to be carefully studied. The best way to do this is to ask two simple questions. Firstly, is the product tested the same as the product being offered? Secondly, is the test installation similar to the project installation? If the answers are both positive, then the product should be suitable.

Cable cleats prevent damage to cables in short circuit situations

Get specific If, though, you want absolute certainty, then ask for a project specific test. This is third party testing at its most extreme, and is the only way to guarantee that the cleat being installed is suitable for the installation. It does need to be noted that the certificate this delivers is specific to the installation, its fault level, spacing and cable configuration. The reason for this is that a cleat’s short circuit withstand is only valid for a cable diameter equal to or greater than the diameter of the cable used in the test. So if the project in question ends up using smaller cables than those referred to in the test, then the force between the cables is proportionally greater, meaning the certificate is inappropriate and the cleats will not provide the protection they are installed to give.

Ideally, project specific testing would be supported by the adoption of cable cleats as short circuit protection devices, which would automatically give them the same degree of importance as fuses or circuit breakers. The argument for this isn’t as outlandish as it first sounds. In the event of a fault, the forces between cables reach their peak in the first quarter cycle, which is the point that cleats earn their crust. In contrast, circuit breakers typically interrupt the fault after three or even five cycles by which time, if the cleats are underspecified, the cables will be long gone. And let’s face it. You wouldn’t buy a new car fitted with seatbelts that ‘might’ work, so why take the risk when specifying cable cleats? Ellis, ellispatents.co.uk

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DON’T BE AT FAULT Chaz Andrews at Doepke details the changes that the 18th Edition will bring to the specification and installation of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), specifically in regard to fault protection.


re you involved in the specification and installation of electric vehicle (EV) supply equipment under the various grant schemes, and do you understand the changes in section 722 (18th Edition)? In particular, with reference to fault protection using Type A residual current devices (RCD) and residual direct current detection devices (RDC DD) for fault monitoring – how do you identify equipment and products that meet the new requirements? And what do these changes actually mean in practice?

Identifying, specifying, purchasing and installing new EVSE Understanding the new requirements, terminology and technical solutions that may be applied, will enable ‘authorised persons’ to do their jobs effectively and safely: specify, purchase, install and test equipment. The change to clause 722.531.2.101 relating to Type A RCDs looks

Installing new charge points with Type A RCDs – do they meet 18th Edition requirements?

straightforward enough, but there are several points to check before purchasing and installing an EV charge point. • Read the small print first: the government’s minimum technical specification for EV charge points states, ‘In cases of apparent inconsistency in installation requirements, the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) shall take precedence’, i.e. the current BS EN 61851-1 standard does not include the 18th Edition requirements. 722.531.2.101 Mode 3 charging using Type A RCDs requires the provision of measures for protection against DC fault currents, either separately or included in the charge point. •R  elevant standards: for the 18th Edition requirements, refer to IEC 61851-1 February 2017 and IEC 62955 published in March 2018 (adopted in June by BSI). IEC 62955 covers RDC DDs for use in Mode 3 charging applications as referred to in IEC 61851-1 2017.

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Check that the equipment you are intending to purchase meets the latest IEC standards. Does the EV charge point specification refer to the IEC 61851-1 February 2017? (Check the date on the manufacturer’s documentation and the Declaration of Conformity.) See Reg 133.1.1. For EV equipment manufactured to BS EN 61851-1, refer to the manufacturer for advice and recommendations before purchasing. Reg 133.1.3 EV RCD (RDC-PD explained below) can be used to meet the revised requirements.

RCD, RDC or RCM? It is important to understand the associated terminology – do not confuse devices designed for ‘detecting and monitoring’ residual currents with devices suitable for ‘residual current protection’. The new standards refer to several product formats with very similar abbreviations. See Note in 411.1.

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RDC FORMATS This table summarises the various RDC formats in IEC 62955, relating to the revised requirements in IEC 61851-1 February 2017 and BS 7671 18th Edition. IEC 62955 Classification of RDC-DD (RDC-MD, RDC-PD) to meet the requirements in BS 7671 clause 722.531.2.101 for Type A residual current protection. Clause



Monitoring 6 mA DC

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Monitoring 6 mA DC

RDC-MD-UNIT mechanically coupled to a separate protective device. If the protective device is an MCB, a separate 30 mA Type A RCD must be connected in series with the MCB.

Monitoring 6 mA DC

RDC-MD-MODULE electrically coupled to a separate remotely operated switching or protective device. If the switching device is a contactor, relay or MCB, a separate RCD must be connected in series.

Protection 6 mA DC + 30mA AC

RDC-PD- combined protection, monitoring and isolation device. Integrated AC, pulsating DC and 6 mA DC detection evaluation and isolation in one device.

Associated terminology Monitoring and detection devices do not provide protection, e.g. a protection device such as an RCD, under specified fault conditions, must disconnect and ‘isolate’ the circuit. Conversely, a contactor controlled by an RCM can disconnect a circuit, but it does not provide isolation/protection. RCD is a generic term for a device providing, for example, 30 mA residual current protection and isolation. It must meet one or more of the following EN/IEC standards; 61008-1, 61009-1, 60947-2 or 62423. RCM is a device that monitors residual currents but does not provide protection. RCMs do not meet the requirements for the detection of 6 mA DC fault currents. RDC-DD is a generic term for an RDC-M device providing 6 mA DC fault current disconnection for Mode 3 charging applications with a separate Type A RCD providing protection. RDC-PD is a device that incorporates 6 mA DC monitoring, detection and 30 mA Type A residual current protection in one unit, meeting the requirements of 722.531.2.101 Mode 3 charging with Type A RCDs (see table above.)

Installation inspection and testing Equipment must meet the required standards and be supported by appropriate paperwork from the manufacturer.

Inspection – Regulation 642 See Regulations 113.1, 133.1.1, 511.1, 511.2 – the current versions of BSEN standards relating to Mode 3 charging do not cover the requirements in 722.531.2.101 to use Type A RCDs. Refer to IEC 61851-1 2017 and BS IEC 62955 2018 until the revised BSEN standards are published.

Testing additional protection – Regulation 643.8 Where measures for additional protection rely on the interaction of the RDC-MD supplied in the charge point and a separate RCD either mounted in the charge point or remotely, an agreement must be reached on

Signing off

the minimum number of tests required to prove the effectiveness of the protection, i.e. Regulation 643.8 only covers the verification by testing of the RCD. For example, EV charge points supplied with an RDC-MD + contactor for 6 mA DC disconnection and a 30 mA Type A RCD for protection. The checks and tests need to prove: • The RDC-MD + contactor disconnects the circuit in the presence of a smooth DC residual current. • The 30 mA RCD will trip within 40 mS at 150 mA (5 x I∆n) – see 643.8 • AC residual currents: RDC-MD + contactor must not operate before the RCD (in the presence of AC residual current, the RCD must trip for effective circuit isolation). The effectiveness of the RCD to perform its safety function relies on the correct performance of RDC-MD.

“Business pressures to complete projects within budget and on time should not – but can – impact on safety aspects.”

So, what do the standards propose? Regulation 132.8 states, ‘The protective devices shall operate at values of current, voltage and time which are suitably related to the characteristics of the circuits and to the possibility of danger’. With regard to RDC-MDs associated with separate RCDs: • IEC62955/RDC-MD: Table 2 specifies maximum break times for DC fault currents and Table 3 specifies nonoperating times when subjected to AC residual currents. • DC residual currents: RDC-MD must disconnect the supply, to maintain the integrity of the 30 mA AC protection – again, see Table 2. • AC residual currents: the RDC-MD must not operate before the RCD – see Table 3. • Suitable test instruments: countries working to the requirements of CENELEC had to adopt the revised IEC 61851-1 2017 standard before July 2017 (old standard withdrawn). Some test instrument manufacturers already advertise specific test features to cover Mode 3 charging installations. Check that reference is made to the 2017 edition of IEC 61851-1.

Business pressures to complete projects within budget and on time should not – but can – impact on safety aspects. The EV market is relatively new in comparison to other markets, and developing fast. Regulations, standards and suppliers must change and adapt quickly to cover potential safety issues. Check with the various associated trade bodies, IET and standards organisations to keep up-to-date with the subjects covered in this article*. In the absence of recommendations for testing (IET/COPs etc), the manufacturer of the charge point and the ‘responsible person’ for testing and signing off the installation will need to agree what tests are required to verify that the installation is safe for use. This information should be attached to the Installation Test Certificate for future reference. As EV charging equipment ages, there is an increased risk of faults developing due to general wear and tear. Individual users are in direct contact with the ground, may have damp hands or be using the equipment in wet conditions, and therefore any electric shock is likely to be fatal. The changes introduced in 722, when applied correctly, will improve the reliability and safety performance of EV charging installations.

Example of an RDC-PD (DFS4 A EV RCCB). Meets IEC 62955 and IEC 61008-1, simplifying installation and testing in the field

*Based on information and standards available August 2018.

Doepke UK Ltd, doepke.co.uk

Table 2 (IEC 62955) Standard values of maximum break times at a residual direct current equal to (seconds) 6 mA

60 mA

200 mA




Note: RDC-MD non-operating current is 0.5 I∆dc

Table 3 (IEC 62955) Minimum values of non-operating time for alternating residual currents (RMS values) 6 mA

60 mA

200 mA




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DECIPHERING THE REGS Paul Dawson from electrical accessories and consumables specialist, Niglon, discusses the implications of 18th Edition guidance on circuit protection when it comes to the use of surge protection devices (SPDs).


he talk of the industry at the moment is very much surrounding the changes that have been made in the new edition of the wiring regulations, published in July for compliance from January 1, 2019. A few of the elements we were expecting to be included from the consultation document have been edited out of the final 18th Edition requirements, while the area of circuit protection has come under additional scrutiny. These revisions have not come as a surprise to many, however. Following the distressing events at Grenfell Tower last year, electrical safety has never been higher on the political agenda or more prominent in public consciousness. While the additional circuit protection requirements may seem onerous, therefore, in fact there is an appetite from end-‑users for improved electrical safety, which creates an opportunity for contractors to embrace a more robust specification and incorporate the extra cost within their installation fee.

Surge protection One key focus for circuit protection in the 18th Edition is surge protection to reduce the risks associated with transient voltages. As the periods of hot dry weather followed by storm conditions have demonstrated this year, the ‘extreme weather events’ associated with climate change are predicted to make the occurrence of transient voltages more frequent, due to lightning. Consequently, we need to protect buildings and their occupants against the associated risks. To address this, the 18th Edition stipulates that installers should assess whether there is a serious risk of injury or loss of life from electrical surges caused by transient voltages and install SPDs if the risk is considered high. The new regulations do not make installation of SPDs mandatory, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this guidance can simply be overlooked – it can’t. A close reading of the 18th Edition highlights that this is much more than an advisory to include SPDs in the specification. Installers must carry out a comprehensive risk assessment if they decide not to install SPDs into an installation.

This includes a calculation that requires knowledge of the length of the cables entering the building from overhead lines, from underground networks and from the final electricity supply point. It is likely that this information will only be available from the relevant utility company, which will probably involve applying for the figures and waiting for a response. It may even incur an administration fee. Indeed, the stipulations for the risk assessment and information required to side-step installation of an SPD are so wide-ranging and time-consuming that purchase and installation of the SPDs required for the property is by far the less expensive option. Of course, many contractors already fit SPDs as a best practice approach to electrical safety and the devices themselves are nothing new. Niglon has offered a popular range of SPDs for several years as part of its wide-ranging circuit protection portfolio. The difference now is that the electrical contractor must carry out a comprehensive risk assessment to justify why the decision has been taken not

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CIRCUIT PROTECTION budget, the increased complexity of the risk assessment and mandatory documentation is still likely to be more onerous than simply adding SPDs to the specification and installation programme.

“There is no mandatory requirement to install an AFDD in the new wiring regulations.”

to install an SPD in order to avoid including this on the spec. For a domestic property, it’s clear that the cost of a relatively low-priced safety item is a small consideration as compared to the time required for the risk assessment, or indeed the potential safety threat to the end-user. For commercial premises, meanwhile, where the cost of multiple SPDs may have more impact on the overall

Arc fault detection The other major talking point when it comes to circuit protection guidance in the 18th Edition is the recommendation that an arc fault detection device (AFDD) should be installed as a means of providing additional protection against fire caused by arc faults. The key word in that sentence is ‘recommendation’, however, and it’s important to note that there is no mandatory requirement to install an AFDD in the new wiring regulations, nor any compulsory risk assessment. It’s vital to clarify this point because, even in the short space of time since the 18th Edition was published, there has been a degree of panic and scaremongering about the implications of incorporating AFDDs in every new installation. The size and cost of AFDD units in comparison to

standard circuit protection devices means that this would be an extremely onerous requirement for most standard domestic and commercial projects, which may be why the regulations have recommended rather than required this change. Though a risk assessment for AFDDs has not been stipulated by the updated wiring regulations, the decisions about whether or not to follow this recommendation should be taken on a project by project basis aligned to the level of risk for a particular environment. For example, buildings that are more difficult to evacuate, such as hospitals and care homes, carry a greater risk to life from an electrical fire. Sites where some areas are unmanned and a fire may go undetected for longer should also be considered higher risk. This area of circuit protection guidance has been introduced to the wiring regulations specifically to reduce electrical fire safety risk but we must remain mindful that existing circuit protection requirements and electrical standards already provide a high level of safety. In fact, the AFDD guidance in the 18th Edition can be seen as an indication to electrical suppliers that AFDDs may become mandatory at some point in the future, so contractors can expect to see AFDD technology develop, with the advent of smaller and less expensive units over the next few years. Niglon, niglon.co.uk

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READY, SET, GO! With the growing trend for mounting consumer units in visible locations around the home, and the industry’s demand for more attractive consumer units, Hamilton Litestat launched its own circuit protection solutions in 2015. Its latest addition to the product range is its Flush Mounting Kit, which further improves the installation finish. Hamilton’s marketing manager Gavin Williams gives us a step-by-step guide to the installation process.


ircuit protection products are a necessity purchase and have traditionally been installed in hidden away places, such as cupboards and under the stairs. When developing our own Hamilton range, we conducted research with installers that showed there was a gap in the market. It’s increasingly common for consumer units to be on show, but many products were not suited to this and weren’t very visually appealing, i.e. a styleless, sharp cornered steel box. We therefore designed the Hamilton Contour Consumer Unit to combine form and function. With a sleek, curved design, the Contour Consumer Unit deviates from the ‘ugly’ industry standard and has proven extremely popular since its launch. Not only does it meet industry demand from a visual point of view, its ease of installation has been improved and has functionality that isn’t being catered for by competitors. As a top priority for Hamilton, the consumer units were designed with a large accessible wiring space and removeable gland plates on the top and bottom that are retained by two screws. Two knockouts at the rear further assist with this, with cable entries positioned for quick and simple access to devices. This all helps in saving time and resource, ultimately reducing costs. Unique

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Step 3 Mount the Flush Kit to the frame using the self-tapping screws, which are supplied with the kit. Step 4 Mount the unit into the wall: insert the required cables through the fire-proof glands.

Keeping things tidy Additionally, for situations where it’s not possible to flush-mount the consumer unit, Hamilton has developed a Cable Tidy Trunking Kit. The addition to the range helps to improve the look, concealing all ugly cables and intumescent gland adaptors within a fascia panel fixed horizontally at either the top or bottom of the unit. Both the Flush Mounting Kit and Cable Tidy Trunking Kit help to achieve a neat, attractive finish so that the consumer unit can come out from under the stairs and be fitted on a wall in any room of the house. To illustrate just how easy the new Flush Mounting Kit is to fit, we’ve developed the following step-by-step guide.


Step 2 Push the Flush Kit frame onto the Contour Consumer Unit from the back, so that it sits flush with the lid.

Looking flushed To further improve the aesthetics of the consumer unit, we have launched a new Flush Mounting Kit that allows the Contour Consumer Unit to be installed within the wall cavity so that the cover fits flush with the wall. It gives a clean, streamlined and modern finish with a simple installation process that increases the flexibility of where the unit can be installed.

Step 1 Mount the Flush Kit to the Contour Consumer Unit: drill out holes 3.3mm in diameter in the Contour Consumer Unit.


Step 5 Secure the unit into the opening of the stud wall, screwing the back of the Contour Consumer Unit in place. Step 6 Populate the board and finalise the wiring installation.




Step 7 Affix the Contour Consumer Unit cover. Hamilton’s Consumer Unit Flush Kit – A Quick Guide video is now available on the Hamilton Litestat YouTube channel: youtu. be/ViItl7cy-bs Hamilton, hamilton-litestat.com

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he Emitex brand of data cabling products is a comprehensive range of equipment, developed with the installer in mind. The brand was established in 2002 and has since grown in the marketplace, always offering an efficient service alongside a quality product for contractors. Emitex is pleased to announce that its products are now stocked in a network of 400 stockists around the country, offering immediate access to Emitex products from anywhere in the UK and giving contractors a solution for all of their data needs. For the peace of mind of both the installer and end-user, all Emitex data cable meets the new regulatory requirements by being fully Construction Products Regulation (CPR) rated. CPR regulates performance of construction products in the face of fire, following the introduction of new fire safety classifications to protect both lives and buildings in the event of fire.



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“The installer can easily obtain the full range of products they need to install, set up and run a stateof-the-art system, all from one place.”

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SKILLING UP Steve Martin, ECA director of technical, reports the findings from recent roundtable talks about the level of training and expertise in the structured data cabling industry.


panel of leading training providers from across the electrotechnical industry met under Chatham House rules and shared their insights on the status of training and qualifications in the structured data cabling industry, during a series of roundtable talks hosted by ECA. The panel identified several challenges for the growing sector, including a perceived reluctance by some businesses to adapt to a rapidly evolving market and varying levels of quality in training programmes tailored to emerging roles.

New courses for new roles The panel agreed that, while many already work to high standards, some mainstream electrical contractors appear to be behind the curve when it comes to training. Contractors with widely varying degrees of expertise and certification often undertake the same data cabling duties, with predictably mixed levels of quality and client satisfaction. Approaches to training are inconsistent across the industry in the delivery of content. It was identified that there is an ongoing trend of condensing skills and guided learning hours as much as possible. Whilst many do a great job, the current system fails to monitor the quality of training being delivered across the piste. According to a report[1] from TMR Research, the structured data cabling sector is set to grow exponentially by 2025, driven by high demand for new infrastructure enabling high-speed internet connections. This demand has had the added effect of a surge in the construction of data centres. The market is also being driven by widespread efforts to reduce carbon emissions, modernise communications networks, and a growing demand for data to be held ‘in the cloud’.

A way forward? Comprehensive reform and industrywide culture change are the first steps towards a system of teaching, training and assessment that could raise standards and provide the fast-growing data cabling sector with guarantees of high levels of competence. But first, the industry and employers need to work together to decide what specific occupations the sector needs.

“Contractors will need to be multiskilled to harness data, fibre and power.”

There are many potential occupations within the field of digital infrastructure. While many are well-covered by training, others are not. Electricians and other operatives in the sector need to be guided in the right direction, to develop the skills and gain the qualifications to meet their specific role. Contractors will need to be multiskilled to harness data, fibre and power. Purely electrical contractors who subcontract data package work to specialists will no longer be viable. Part of the culture change could come in the form of revised standards for Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) cards, seen as the industry gold standard for electrotechnical contractors as proof of their credentials. The roundtable attendees agreed that new ECS card requirements could cover minimum standards for skilled occupations in the data cabling sector by 2020.

While schemes such as the network cabling apprenticeship trailblazer are already providing clearer pathways to qualification, more can be done to make a career in the structured data cabling sector appealing, exciting, and show clear potential for progression. The risk of inaction is high: qualifications, and the organisations that provide them, could lose credibility. We could find ourselves in an industry where a qualification is, alarmingly, no guarantee of competence. This would undermine the hard work of many, and let those who put profit before quality slip through the cracks. If everyone raises their game to the same level, we can provide an open, transparent platform for training. The group will continue building on these recommendations and developing viable, implementable solutions to the issues highlighted during the discussion. ECA, eca.co.uk

References [1] TMR Research, Structured Cabling Market show exponential growth by 2025: openpr.com/news/977774/Structured-Cabling-Market-show-exponential-growth-by-2025.html

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REASSURINGLY RECYCLED Marshall-Tufflex talks to ECN about how it is championing the use of PVC-U for cable management specifications.


utting the amount of plastic waste the UK produces is a challenging task, with the major focus being on single-use plastics. However, there has been a quiet revolution taking place in the PVC-U cable management sector. Marshall-Tufflex has been using recycled plastics in its trunking solutions for more than 20 years. Through clever, high-tech engineering, decades of production experience and exhaustive research and development at its headquarters in Hastings, East Sussex, Marshall-Tufflex now leads the field – by a clear margin – in producing cable management systems that are, on average, comprised of 80% recycled plastic. For some profiles, this figure is routinely 100%.

Driving change It is a fantastic achievement and a great environmental story, preventing the equivalent of 300 double decker buses worth of plastic going to landfill each year while still offering products that set industry standards for design, quality and installation. But Marshall-Tufflex doesn’t want to stop there; it is inviting the entire supply chain to join it in moving towards a minimum threshold of 50% recycled material in all cable management solutions. Marshall-Tufflex is leading by example to drive change in the sector and has a vision to see recycled material as an industry-standard specification requirement by 2028. “Our ultimate goal is for all PVC-U cable management specifications to state that products should be manufactured from a minimum of 50% recycled plastic,” says Marshall-Tufflex CEO Paul

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CABLE & CABLE MANAGEMENT is full traceability of material feedstock and formulations and adherence to REACH regulations. Batch testing is carried out by recycled material suppliers and by Marshall-Tufflex within its factories, where the recycled plastic in pellet form is blended with virgin PVC-U to achieve the correct gloss finish for each cable management product.

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Hetherington. “We want to start the conversation throughout the supply chain, from architects to installers and end-user clients, encouraging everyone to make more informed decisions when selecting, buying, installing and using PVC-U trunking systems. We are passionate about the environment and want the rest of the sector to join us; we’d like to see the whole plastics cable management industry recycling as much as possible.”

Staying in the know But what do electrical contractors need to know about the 50% initiative and the use of recycled material? For installers, there are a number of business benefits – using PVC-U cable management systems manufactured from recycled material allows electrical contractors to position themselves as environmentally aware, differentiate themselves from competitors, and open up new business channels with environmentally conscious customers. Larger projects may already specify a percentage of recycled materials to be used. Cable management hasn’t really been included in this debate, but Marshall-Tufflex thinks the time is now right for this to happen. Marshall-Tuflex is changing nothing other than the environment. This means all of its cable management solutions are exactly the same quality and price. All that has changed is its decision to talk about its plastics recycling and encourage others to get involved. And for good reason. Around 120 million tonnes of waste from construction, demolition and excavation are generated in the UK each year. This represents a wide variety of materials (bricks, concrete, wood, metal etc.) but plastic is rarely one of the top five (or even 10) named constituents, unless reference is made to packaging. MarshallTufflex wants to bring recycled PVC-U into the conversation. Marshall-Tufflex sources recycled plastic from the post-industrial window manufacturing industry – essentially

the off-cuts of window manufacture and fabrication. PVC-U windows are made from high-grade material designed to withstand external elements, making it a stronger and more durable raw material than virgin extrusion grade cable management material. This means that our trunking solutions are of a higher quality and more robust nature than virgin grade products, with greater molecular strength and UV stabilisation. Our long-standing relationships with the plastics recycling sector allow us to ensure a sustainable supply of suitable material in order to deliver on our commitment to maximise our recycling activities and minimise our environmental impact.

PVC-U pioneer PVC-U is a cost effective and sustainable choice with a long-life cycle. By using recycled PVC in our manufacturing process, not only are we reducing landfill, carbon emissions are 20 times lower when compared to manufacturing with virgin material. An acclaimed Manchester University study into carbon allows companies to estimate the ‘cradle to grave’ carbon footprint of their products. It was this calculation that showed the use of recycled PVC offers a 20-fold reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin product. Marshall-Tufflex was a pioneer of the PVC-U extrusion industry in the UK more than 75 years ago. It has used this expertise and materials processing knowledge to work with recycling partners to develop its current grade of material. Huge investment in technology has enabled it to offer customers marketleading products with industry-leading eco credentials that are good-looking, highly durable and easy to install. Strict quality control ensures the recycled raw material is of the best and purest quality. We work closely with recycling partners to maintain the highest standards with strict testing at source and within our factories – including frequent checks during each production shift. There

“PVC-U is a cost effective and sustainable choice with a long-life cycle.”

Marshall-Tufflex’s 50% recycled initiative sits well beside the drive to eliminate single use consumer plastic items and is in-tune with WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact to create a sustainable system for plastic packaging. “We need to move away from a linear plastics economy where we take, make and dispose of plastic, and towards a circular system where we keep plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment,” says WRAP. Small changes can have big impacts – cable management is a relatively small part of construction projects but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be considered in resource efficiency discussions. Millions of metres of PVC-U cable management are installed throughout buildings in the UK. If 50% of this was made from recycled plastics, the reduction in use of virgin PVC-U would be immense. The 50% initiative is not just about promoting our products; we want to see the entire cable management industry making greater use of recycled material, not only to reduce the amount of re-usable plastics going into landfill, but also to lower the demand for virgin PVC-U. It’s about making more informed decisions when specifying or purchasing PVC-U cable management systems. Marshall-Tufflex’s ultimate goal is for every specification to state that the trunking solution should be 50% recycled plastics or more. Just how committed Marshall-Tufflex is to this environmental initiative is highlighted in a new short film. Entitled A Window into Cable Management, the video features Marshall-Tufflex members of staff enjoying natural or iconic locations on the East Sussex coast, for example surfing off Hastings Beach, dog walking at the Seven Sisters Cliffs and running in Fairlight Country Park. Each is holding a window frame and talking about the recycling initiative. To view the video, visit marshalltufflex.com/reassuringlyrecycled. Marshall-Tufflex, marshall-tufflex.com

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CHOOSE WISELY It is critical to specify cable protection correctly to ensure ongoing operation throughout a system’s lifetime, especially when choosing between metallic, non-metallic or composite flexible conduit systems, says Tim Creedon, sales and marketing director at Flexicon.


he wide choice of standard systems now on the market are available for a reason; to ensure contractors can specify the right product for the application demands. However, careful consideration must be paid to material choice without over specifying or introducing unnecessary cost. Before the development of engineered plastics, conduits and conduit fittings were made of metal. As plastics developed, they were used as sheathings to provide increased flexibility, plus improved water and corrosion resistance. With the development of highperformance engineering polymers, allplastic conduits were developed together with injection-moulded conduit fittings, with nylon (polyamide) being one of the most important materials now available. Taking the automotive industry as an example, there has been an ongoing trend to replace metal parts with plastic components, where weight, mechanical strength, high-temperature, oil and fuel resistance are important factors. In the same vein, non-metallic systems have taken a progressively larger share of the market. Yet, metallic and composite conduit systems are still in demand, due to their high mechanical strength and EMC screening possibilities, so making an informed choice must now take in to account many different factors.

Specification first Metallic, composite or non-metallic – specifying the right option for cable protection is vital

The first step to selecting the material is to understand which hazards the conduit will be subject to. Specifying conduit based on one property alone is a mistake, and the full range of environmental factors should be considered. These can include exposure to extremes of temperature, UV

“A cable protection system is designed to do just that – protect.”

radiation, harsh chemicals, the likelihood of water or dust ingress, fire performance, the compression strength required and abrasion resistance. While many products may look the same, they are designed to meet specific criteria, so customers should always check suitability and compatibility for the application. With over 60 different systems now available, Flexicon, for example, offers in-depth comparative performance data to help contractors make the right selection. This is a critical aspect of the purchasing process as specification can often be based on preference, previous installation experience or outdated requirements. In effect, this could mean that a flexible conduit system is selected which is not suitable for the application or is over specified where an alternative, lower-cost solution would provide the required levels of protection.

The benefits of non-metallic Metallic conduit has a higher level of crush resistance, high mechanical strength and can provide excellent EMC screening properties. However, the technology of non-metallic conduit means that it can sometimes offer an equally tough solution, coupled with ease of installation and reduced weight. Where fatigue life or impact resistance is important, nylon corrugated conduits offer high impact strength and recover if crushed. They also have no exposed metal that requires bonding and do not rust or corrode. PVC corrugated flexible conduits offer high compression strength and polypropylene conduits are acid resistant and available at a lower cost. In addition, it is worth mentioning the labour and installation time. Non-metallic systems are often quicker to install than steel options, as they are easier and faster to cut, with fewer parts and many of the fittings pushing on and twisting to secure. For installations subject to increased UV exposure, it is important to specify nonmetallic and polymer-coated metal conduit with extreme care, as UV radiation will naturally degrade any plastic materials. Failure could result in materials cracking, an increase in brittleness, reduced flexibility and lower impact strength. To overcome this issue, specifiers should select products with proven UV resistance credentials. There is no one recognised standard that UV resistance is tested to, meaning actual product performance claims can differ drastically.

When to specify metallic or composite? While non-metallic options can indeed offer high levels of protection, there will always be a requirement for metal and composite systems. This can include applications that require a very high compression or pull-off strength, or, of particular importance, where there is the need to protect cables from exposure in hazardous environments. Composite products, such as plastic sheathing on metal conduits, metal overbraiding or metal threads on plastic fittings can also offer the ideal combination of light weight, high strength and fast installation. If specified correctly, a combination of liquid-tight, metallic flexible conduit systems and flameproof barrier glands can offer effective cable protection. These systems are available in nickel-plated brass and 316 stainless-steel, with the suitability of the material dependent on the installation environment. Specifically, this offers the best combination of mechanical strength and ingress protection while providing high levels of chemical and corrosion resistance. In environments subject to the corrosive effects of salt spray, such as marine or offshore, Flexicon standardises on the use of marine grade stainless steel 316L tested to ASTM B117-11 and BS EN ISO 9227 standards.

Long-term A cable protection system is designed to do just that – protect. Compromising the integrity of the installation by failing to provide adequate protection could be catastrophic in today’s interconnected world. With material properties advancing all the time, operators now have an extensive choice of metallic, composite or non-metallic options at their disposal. It is by employing a combination of careful specification and the correct application of system components, that the ideal option can be selected that not only protects against the possible hazards but meets budget constraints too. Flexicon, flexicon.uk.com

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HIGH HOPES Multi-occupancy buildings present a unique challenge to specifiers and electrical contractors due to the height and scale of the projects they are working on. Steve Richmond, marketing and technical manager for REHAU Building Solutions, looks at how the clever use of trunking solutions can make light work of this tall order.


ommercial new build and refurbishment projects provide a steady stream of work for the electrical contracting industry, particularly in large urban areas where the demand for city centre apartments, student accommodation, hotels and office space peaks. The cabling required for such multi-occupancy buildings is significant, and contractors can spend many months installing power and data supplies to individual dwellings, guest rooms or offices, often replicating the same cable installation over and over again. Having products that are easy to fit and cost effective is therefore essential for such jobs, as every minute or penny saved per installation quickly adds up. So how can cable trunking really make multi-occupancy building installations more efficient? Well, the primary benefits focus on ease of installation. On a new build project, contractors are under pressure to deliver on time and to budget so ensuring products are easy to fit not only reduces time spent on-site, it can also reduce the number of workers required to complete the job and improve the quality of the installations. Small design innovations in the cable trunking, such as pre-punched holes or guide pins, all contribute to a faster fit and help contractors progress on largescale jobs quicker.

Student digs REHAU’s PROFILA trunking was recently specified for a high-quality student accommodation development in Portswood, Southampton. Local firm J&B Hopkins was appointed by Morgan Sindall to deliver the electrical services within the building, which features 435 student bedrooms. The data trunking specified by the developers Select Property Group was very minimal; in each room they wanted a 1m section of trunking, which would house the HDMI for the television, a data point, a USB charging point and a double socket. This would be mounted on the wall underneath the desk, around 400mm from the floor. J&B Hopkins chose the PROFILA data trunking for the project. With a depth of 65mm, it is able to handle modern data cabling and power cables with ease. While this was a prominent factor in the decision to specify PROFILA, it was the ease of installation that clinched the deal for project manager Andy Hindley. Andy says, “Installation of the PROFILA was very quick and simple. It comes with holes pre-punched into the base, which saves time on install, plus it has an open design so once it’s on the wall, we can just run the cables in and fit on the front cover. REHAU was able to supply the PROFILA in 1m long sections for us, so there was no cutting required on-site which meant it was less time to install, less mess and less waste too.”

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When it comes to ‘easy fits’, choosing trunking which can be mounted with minimal fuss is ideal, and as Andy mentions, pre-cut lengths are also a hit with contractors on multi-occupancy jobs. Ordering trunking in short or bespoke lengths not only saves contractors time spent on cutting trunking on-site, but it also reduces mess, waste and the time it takes to tidy up once the job is done. We estimate that pre-cut trunking can actually help contractors finish an installation in half the time. If you shop around, contractors might also find trunking solutions that are even quicker to fit as manufacturers are increasingly looking for ways to provide the

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CABLE & CABLE MANAGEMENT front line with materials and components which can be installed faster. Some cable trunking makers, like REHAU, not only provide easy fit, pre-cut trunking for customers to make their lives easier, but can also deliver them pre-wired. Preassembled data trunking pods are plug and play, saving contractors even more time on each installation. It’s worth remembering that ease of installation doesn’t stop with the initial fit, and contractors need to be mindful that in commercial multi-occupancy buildings, the likelihood of a refit is very real – for example in hotels, which have ongoing upgrade programmes and therefore a defined need for future flexibility.

Room to manoeuvre In 2017, Chichester-based Haddow Electrical won a Holiday Inn refurbishment project as part of a tender bid with Phelan Construction. The six-month works programme included the refurbishment of 97 rooms in the Holiday Inn in Southampton and 202 rooms at the Holiday Inn in Reading. The specification of the cable trunking was an essential element of the refurb programme to not only provide the three necessary power points for each room – in locations which would fit around the new furniture and room layouts – but also to deliver a cabling solution which would be futureproof and could be easily adapted again in the future.


Adrian Downie, electrical project manager at Haddow Electrical says, “Holiday Inn rooms have been designed with a ‘plug and play’ approach in mind, ensuring there is as little disruption as possible during refurbishments. Rewiring each room to move the sockets when the hotel puts in new beds and tables is not practical or cost effective, so cabling is run around the room and simply adapted to the needs of the new layout when it is refurbed.” Haddow Electrical chose REHAU’s slimline SL trunking for the contract, fitting in excess of 2,800m of trunking in the two hotels. Although it is made of extruded PVC, the chamfered finish of the trunking gives it the look of traditional skirting, making it a neat and unobtrusive way to run cables around a room. At 70mm high and 20mm deep, the new trunking was the same size as the trunking being removed, so it was an easy substitution and required less finishing off for the construction team.

Being prepared While the future needs of a multioccupancy building may or may not include a refurbishment plan, what is guaranteed is that it will surely require maintenance at some point. Trunking with clip on or removable covers, like the SL Trunking, offers distinct design advantages for both ease of installation and maintenance, with discreet rivets to ensure the covers stay in place and end-users are unable to come into contact with the cables.

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ERA PLUGS INTO ELECTRICAL WHOLESALING MARKET ERA is breaking into the electrical wholesale market following a new business win supplying smartware security products to electrical wholesaler, Electricbase. Electricbase branches are incorporated alongside Buildbase and Plumbase branches and form part of Grafton Group PLC. ERA key account manager, Darren Bates, says, “ERA already has a longstanding relationship supplying more traditional ironmongery safety products to the Buildbase builder’s merchant stores, and this latest move is a natural progression as ERA’s ‘connected home’ smartware product portfolio grows.” ERA DoorCam smart home Wi-Fi video doorbell and ERA HomeGuard Pro are showcased in many Electricbase branches and available from all of them. Using a smartphone app, DoorCam allows householders to view callers and talk to them in real-

time, whether they’re home or not. Not only is DoorCam a boon for householders, but also a superb and evolving commercial opportunity for locksmiths and electrical contractors who can extend their offering outside of their usual field to offer add-on value to customers. HomeGuard Pro is a cloud-based alarm system that combines security with smart living allowing the homeowner to be connected and protected. Operated via a single smartphone app, HomeGuard works seamlessly with Lightwave to deliver a fully integrated smart home solution that not only brings all the benefits of home automation but also the reassurance that comes from having a stand-alone alert and monitoring system. Commenting on behalf of Electricbase, Steve Poulson, commercial manager, adds, “We are very pleased to be working with ERA on the launch of their new smart product ranges, and look forward to a close working relationship in driving both product and brand awareness forward within the electrical wholesaling market.” For more information visit eraeverywhere.com or call 01922 490000

DISABLED TOILET ALARM SYSTEM WITH BATTERY BACK-UP FROM ESP Following the launch earlier this year of a stainless steel disabled toilet alarm system with battery back-up, ESP has now extended the range to include a new white version. Designed to meet the criteria of care standards set out in Part M building regulations BS 8300, the three-part kit is simple to install and comprises an indication module, pull cord module and reset module. The Indication Module includes an 80db distinctive tone alert sounder with clear LED alert triangle indication for when the alarm has been triggered. The pull cord module features an anti-ligature mechanism and a red pull cord supplied with two handles, including an LED alert triangle. The reset module features a clear LED alert triangle indication with internal sounder to reassure the user the alarm has been raised. The alert triangle acts as a push button to reset the alarm. The modules that make up the kit are manufactured from urea formaldehyde with antimicrobial properties. For more information visit espuk.com

LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEMS FROM CP ELECTRONICS CP Electronics, a brand of Legrand, manufactures cutting-edge presence detectors and sophisticated lighting control systems for a wide range of applications. From passive infrared (PIR) and microwave detectors to fully addressable and networkable control systems, the company’s variety of UK-designed control solutions can reduce energy waste, reduce operating costs and enhance a building’s performance. Product users benefit from exceptional design and technical support from CP Electronics’ team of experts, as well as a five-year warranty across the range. CP Electronics is committed to exceptional quality standards and the company invests twice the industry average into research and development to ensure we continue to be leaders in the industry. CP Electronics’ drive to bring high-quality, innovative products to market has led to an extensive range of patents, a large international client base, and an exceptional reputation for reliability in this highly specialised field.

NEW AXIOM LED DIMMERS BY CED Axiom wiring accessories now boasts a complete range of LED dimmers, designed specifically for use with advanced LED lighting. Matching dimmer plates are available for the full standard and flat ranges of Axiom accessories – from white moulded to decorative finishes in chrome, satin chrome and black nickel (flat plate only). Separate modules are also available for retrofit use. One, two, three and four-gang plates with two-way switching are available across the range, whilst operation is via push on/push off switches. The range has been designed to perform perfectly with LED light fittings of up to 150W of output power, whilst dimming down to just 5W. Designed for ease of installation, Axiom LED dimmers have an auto detect function for leading and trailing edge operation. Built to BS EN 60669-2-1 standards, products are CE marked and come with a full 25-year warranty. For more information visit ced-elec.co.uk

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE NEW PRODUCT DEALS FROM C.K As part of its autumn/winter Spotlight consumer promotional activity, C.K is offering an array of limited availability product deals. Consumers will be able to benefit from the product deals on offer in-store from September 3 onwards. The offer includes: • Bluetooth rechargeable outdoor LED floodlight (T9724R) (100-3,000lm adjustable). A high-powered and rechargeable LED floodlight, with a handy app to control the light from a mobile phone. • Rechargeable LED clamp floodlight (T9715R) (1,300lm). A high-power, rechargeable floodlight, featuring a strong clamp system and 360° swivel head. •D  eburring tool (T2280). Ideal for fast and effective burr removal and made from special hardened steel with a hardness of HRC 64. • 28-piece pocket socket set quarter inch drive (T4654). A high-quality CR-V sockets and bits set contained in a tough compact storage case. For more information visit ck-tools.com

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GEAR UP FOR CHANGEABLE WEATHER WITH SNICKERS WORKWEAR New stretch garments and body-mapping layers from Snickers deliver extreme working comfort and protection – whatever the weather. It’s hard work on-site when the weather starts to get worse in the autumn. That’s why Snickers Workwear continues to improve its working clothes with brand new weatherproof stretch trousers and jackets. With great fit and superb value for money, they’re a first choice for outside work that demands maximum comfort, mobility and protection. The new and extended range of AllroundWork and FlexiWork jackets include waterproof and hi-vis garments for both men and women to keep the wearer warm, dry and visible. Rain, drizzle, hail or snow – whatever the weather, Snickers Workwear can deliver a jacket to suit what you’re doing on-site.

ROSS FROM LEWDEN LUX – A CONTEMPORARY, ITALIAN RANGE OF PREMIUM QUALITY LED BULKHEADS The attractively designed Ross LED bulkheads form an integral part of the extensive LUX range of premium quality industrial and commercial LED lighting from Lewden. With a comprehensive range including both standard and emergency versions, Ross features discrete, yet effective lighting and is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications, thanks to the high level IP66 degree of protection and a high impact resistance of IK10. Available in round and oval shapes in 10W and 20W with 1,500 and 2,500 lumens, Ross bulkheads are manufactured in Italy and have an impact resistant polycarbonate housing, utilising the latest, energy efficient LED technology to provide 4,000K of cool white, flicker-free illumination over an average life of 25,000 hours. Unlike most of the standard bulkheads in the market, Ross can be customised using laser cutting for a wide range of industrial and commercial bespoke requirements. Be it the emergency exit signs for the corridors and stairs in industrial or commercial buildings or the house number plates for residential use, the customisation of the cover further extends the wide range of applications. For more information call 01376 336 200 or visit lewden.co.uk

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SCOLMORE LAUNCHES SWITCH SUPPLY TO PERMANENT CONVERSION PACK Scolmore has launched the new Switch Supply to Permanent Conversion pack, providing a retrofit smart solution to allow independent control of lighting circuits, whilst still supplying smoke detectors with constant power. Part of the Click Smart wiring accessories range, the Switch Supply to Permanent Conversion pack is supplied in a boxed unit which contains all the components required: one RFSAI61B switching receiver, one RFIM – 40B battery transmitter, one CMA401 unfurnished minigrid plate, and one MD004W 10x retractive module. This solution eliminates the need for time-consuming and costly channelling. Simply replace the switch that is currently there with the retractive switch and wire in the RFSAI-61B and RFIM-40B to the retractive switch and light. As well as adding a smoke detector, the conversion pack can be used to provide a solution where emergency lighting is required. Incorporating RFSAI-61B will facilitate the ability for a permanent live supply to power an emergency light whilst retaining control of an existing light fitting.

QUICKWIRE JUNCTION BOXES CAUSE A STIR Quickwire appeared on the scene mid 2017, and in the short time it’s been around, its revolutionary junction boxes have caused quite a stir. Quickwire junction boxes have no screws, covers, clips or clamps. All you do is strip a cable and push into a cable entry point. During insertion, a patented shuttle design clamps down on the cable, giving a secure connection made in seconds. • No need to sleeve earth • Prewired with clearly labelled cable inlets (easy to wire, hard to make mistakes) • Maintenance-free • Screwless push-fit design, no screws, clips, clamps, or covers (no screwdriver needed) • Fits through 32mm hole, one of the smallest junction boxes on the market • Reusable (the cable can be removed, and the junction box reused). For more information visit quickwire.co.uk

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SMARTSENSOR MAKES CLASSROOM LIGHTING A BREEZE SmartSensor opens up new possibilities in classroom lighting control, combining advanced control features with easy installation and set-up. This compact DALI multisensor incorporates control for up to three rows of lighting. Wall switches may also be connected for the operation of the main room lights and an override at the teaching position. As standard, the sensor offers absence control plus daylight dimming with offsets for up to three rows of lights. Additional sensors may optionally be fitted to provide true row-by-row dimming or to extend the detection area. Simple to install with pluggable connections, SmartSensor is configured using a simple handheld infrared remote control. SmartSensor finds and automatically addresses DALI light fittings, making commissioning fast and easy. Used in conjunction with the MDCC12B powered DALI connection box and prefabricated connecting cables, SmartSensor delivers a plug-and-play solution that provides all the benefits of an addressable DALI lighting system without the cost or complexity. For more information visit metway.co.uk

FISCO’S NEW MARK-RIGHT: THE ‘TIME-SAVING’ TAPE FOR RIGHT-HANDED CRAFTSPEOPLE Fisco’s new Mark-Right tape delivers faster, more accurate and comfortable measuring. It’s designed for right-handed craftsmen and women with a blade that reads from right to left. Measuring and marking gets a whole lot easier and more accurate because users won’t have to read the tape measure upside down and use their left hand to hold the tape in position whilst marking. The Mark-Right reduces marking and cutting time for a right-handed user by 50%; the tape can be seen in action at youtube.com/ watch?v=ECTpcx7JzGI. Available in 5m lengths, the blade is graduated in millimetres and inches, is accurate to EC Class II and housed in a tough ABS case with a positive action slide lock brake, belt clip and zeroing end hook. For more information visit fisco.co.uk

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LIMITED TIME OFFER FROM FLUKE Until December 31 2018, Fluke is offering a free clamp meter with two 1660 series multifunction installation testers. The Fluke 1664 UK-CLAMP offer comprises a Connectenabled 1664 FC multifunction installation tester with free Fluke DMS data management software and a free Fluke 325 clamp meter. The Fluke 1663 UK-CLAMP offer comprises a 1663 with free Fluke DMS data management software and a free Fluke 324 clamp meter. The 320 series true-RMS clamp meters are ideal for residential, commercial, HVAC/R and light industrial electrical applications, producing noise-free, reliable measurements. The Fluke 1664 helps prevent damage to appliances that may be inadvertently connected to the system under test, and it also makes it easy to share test results over a smartphone using Fluke Connect. The 1664 FC features an auto test function that does five required installation tests in one sequence, ensuring compliance with BS 7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. Fluke DMS data management uses the captured results from the Fluke 1663 or 1664 for data recording, and offers easy-to-use administration and reporting. For more information visit fluke.co.uk

HAMPSHIRE SHOPPING PRECINCT SEES SAVINGS WITH LIGHT EFFICIENT DESIGN Light Efficient Design UK’s retrofit LED lighting solutions have enabled an outdoor shopping precinct to make major energy savings in the first year of operation and see lamp replacement costs plummet. As part of a major refurbishment, the precinct had a requirement to upgrade the existing metal halide floodlighting to LEDs. An LED retrofit re-lamping approach was selected. Wholesaler CRS recommended the LED-8087 retrofit from UK-based Light Efficient Design, which was chosen for its high performance and cost-effectiveness. This allowed both retention of existing and still serviceable fittings, ensuring immediate savings to be made on the labour required, and offering a five-year lifetime warranty. Approximately 40 x 100W wall-mounted metal halide lamps have been replaced with 30W LED-8087 retrofit lamps. The existing reflectors in the fitting were removed as the interior space was limited and was not necessary due to the LED-8087’s onesided design, which ensures optimal usage of all available light. For more information visit led-llc.com

NAPIT DESKTOP NOW 18TH EDITION READY The new Regulations have been released and NAPIT Desktop has been updated in accordance to BS 7671:2018 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. NAPIT Desktop is a certification and notification software exclusive to NAPIT members which enables users to create, complete and issue certificates digitally, and email them to external contacts via Desktop. The software has a fullyintegrated support system, and gives users the ability to: • Access certificate templates • Share certificates with customers • Schedule reminders • Notify jobs to building control • 17th Edition forms will still be available to use in the software until January 2019. If you’re a NAPIT member, you can get a free 28-day trial. The basic version of NAPIT Desktop is free to all NAPIT registered members and allows quick competent person scheme notifications.

NEW FALCON & APOLLO FROM SOLID GEAR With a focus on comfort and S3 safety, Solid Gear’s Falcon and Apollo boots are robust boots for the winter months. With durable uppers, the heavy-duty boots will keep feet dry and insulated for the roughest conditions on-site. The new oil- and slip-resistant Vibram soles deliver grip on snow and ice, even at low temperatures. The Apollo has a premium full-grain impregnated leather upper while the Falcon is a mix of full grain leather and a Cordura Rip Stop fabric. Both boots deliver water repellency and breathability, while their fiberglass toecaps feature multilayer technology for a roomier toe box. The new thinner and stronger composite plates add extra flexibility. There are over 30 boots and shoes in the Solid Gear Safety Footwear range, all of which integrate modern designs and sporty looks with best in class materials for comfort, protection and durability. For more information visit solidgearfootwear.com

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WISKA’S NEW COMBI 206 JUNCTION BOX The COMBI 206 is the smallest member of the COMBI junction box range, measuring 85x49mm – approximately half the size of the COMBI 308 model. The COMBI 206 offers WISKA’s usual high Ingress Protection rating (IP66/67) as well as the user-friendly threaded membrane entry system (six M20 threaded entries and two rear membrane entries). The COMBI 206 comes complete with three 221 three-conductor lever connectors. Available in black, light grey and white, this clever little box is perfect for outside applications including CCTV and LED lighting, offering all the benefits of its COMBI 308 big brother, in a smaller solution. The small design creates a much more discrete finish whilst offering the same exacting standards synonymous with WISKA products. For more information visit wiska.co.uk

TRIDONIC LAUNCHES NEW SENSORS FIT FOR DALI-2 Tridonic has launched a new series of sensors that can detect both motion and ambient light. Developed in accordance with the IEC-62386-103 standard and prepared for certification by the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA), the sensors are suitable for commercially available DALI-2 controllers and can easily be integrated into lighting and building management systems. The new sensors operate with passive infrared technology (PIR) and react to changing thermal radiation in the detection range. The sensors are available in three designs: MSensor G3 SFI 5DPI (low-bay), G3 SFI 30 10DPI WH (mid-bay) and G3 SFI 30 16DPI WH (high-bay). Depending on the respective design and area of application, models with an additional attachment housing offer protection class IP66 (mid-bay) or IP65 (high-bay). The sensors are compatible with standard controllers for DALI systems in accordance with EN 62386-101 Edition 2 and are therefore easy to integrate into lighting management systems. For more information visit tridonic.com

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